Calls for tougher penalties for the drunk and disorderly

Police should perform spot checks at A&E services to find drunks who abuse medical services, a campaigner has said.

In 2013 2,063 PNDs (penalty notice for disorder) were issued in London. Credit: PA

Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour has called for fines to be used as a stealth weapon, despite a decrease in the number of fines handed out for intoxication from 2005.

He also wants the current penalty of £90 to be doubled to £180.

The assembly member for London South West said: "We need to urgently crack down on bingers who repeatedly hog our A&Es and take up police time because they can't handle their drink.

"They are costing the capital millions of pounds and denying treatment and care to those who really need the help."