Misbehaving revellers face 'booze Asbos'
Hundreds more people responsible for alcohol-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour face being given "booze Asbos" from today.
Drinking banning orders (DBOs) will be available to police and local authorities in a further 25 areas to protect the public from drink-related offences.
The orders enable magistrates to impose conditions on individuals such as banning them from drinking in, or visiting, certain places.
Breaches are punishable with fines of up to £2,500.
The orders can last for up to two years, although offenders can have them shortened by the successful completion of a "positive behaviour intervention course".
Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said: "We remain concerned about the number of alcohol related incidents and the drink-fuelled violence and disorder that blight many of our towns and cities."
The extension "will help local communities manage problem individuals and will also help those individuals to address the reasons for their behaviour".
The powers could be rolled out nationwide if a success, he added.
The so-called booze Asbos could be applied for across England and Wales from September and have been available upon conviction in 25 areas from April.
From today, they are being extended to local justice areas including: Birmingham; Bristol; Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale; City of Westminster; Denbighshire; East Berkshire; Fenland; Grimsby and Cleethorpes; Gwent; and Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.
They will also be available in: Hartlepool; Lambeth and Southwark; Manchester City; Mansfield; Merthyr Tydfil; Newcastle-upon-Tyne District; North East Derbyshire and Dales; North East Suffolk; North Kent; North Tyneside District; Northampton; Plymouth District; Sedgemoor; West Cornwall; and West Hertfordshire.
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand