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New alcohol control signs go up in Lincoln

Signs are starting to go up around Lincoln to inform residents about the new alcohol control zone which is being enforced. Police now have the power to tell people in a specific part of the city to stop drinking if they are causing, or likely to cause, a nuisance.

City of Lincoln Council's Acting Anti-Social Behaviour Team Leader, Sam Barstow, with PCSO Clare Hart. Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Remploy protest

Workers and union members will be protesting in Sheffield later over the government's decision to close 36 of the 54 Remploy factories which provide work for hundreds of disabled people.

There will be compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people, of these 1,518 are disabled. The remaining 18 Remploy sites are expected to close soon after.


Police enforce new street drinking powers

Police in Lincoln are starting to enforce new powers to tackle street drinking. It follows the creation of a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) by the City of Lincoln Council last November. Signs are going up explaining the new rules, which stop short of a total alcohol ban.

The DPPO is one of a number of measures we've put in place to make Lincoln a safe and attractive environment. We work with the police, street pastors and city centre management, as well as bars and clubs, to keep people safe in the city centre, through both enforcement and preventative action, and are positive that this extra tool will help to tackle the specific problem of on-street drinking.

– Sam Barstow, City of Lincoln Council.

Police officers now have the power to ask people to stop drinking alcohol if they are causing, or are likely to cause, a nuisance or annoyance. If that person refuses, an offence has been committed.

This is good news for the people of Lincoln and those who use and visit the city centre. DPPO legislation is another tool which we, the police, can use to reduce the behaviour of those individuals who drink in the street and then choose to behave in an anti-social manner. This is not about stopping sensible and well behaved drinking, but those whose behaviour is not acceptable should at least expect to have their drink taken from them, and to be required to leave the area.

– Mark Garthwaite, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector

The DPPO will be enforced within a boundary set by Newport Arch, St Mark’s Shopping Centre, Broadgate and the Brayford Bridge.


Bull shot in Sheffield

A bull was shot by South Yorkshire Police this morning in the grounds of Fox Hill Primary School in Sheffield.

A member of the public rang the police around lunchtime today and the bull was found on the school's playing fields.

Pupils were inside the school at the time.

It's thought the bull escaped from a local slaughter house.

After getting specialist advice, police decided the bull had to be killed.

Fuel duty rebate for North Yorkshire

Anne McIntosh, the MP for Thirsk and Malton, met the Chancellor George Osborne today to discuss a fuel duty rebate for rural parts of North Yorkshire.

People in this part of the country rely on their own transport and the high costs of fuel are also affecting the budgets of public services

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