£400-a-night drunk tank proposal for binge drinkers
BINGE-DRINKERS too drunk to look after themselves could be thrown into a ‘drunk tank’ for the night - and charged up to £400 for the privilege.
The proposal would see police and NHS staff freed up and would be a commercially-run operation.
Police believe the initiative could act as a deterrent to excessive drinking.
It is not yet clear whether a tank could be set up in Swansea, but the city has a thriving pub and nightclub culture.
People come to the city centre, particularly Wind Street, in their thousands, many on hen, stag and office dos.
The area is well policed to deal with and help those who are worse the wear for drink.
And at busy times of the year a triage centre has been set up there to help any walking wounded.
On Tuesday, Adrian Lee, the chief constable of Northamptonshire and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on tackling alcohol problems, said: “I do not see why the police service or the health service should pick up the duty of care for someone who has chosen to go out and get so drunk that they cannot look after themselves.
“So why don’t we take them to a drunk cell owned by a commercial company and get the commercial company to look after them during the night until they are sober?
"When that is over we will issue them with a fixed penalty and the company will be able to charge them for their care, which would be at quite significant cost and that might be a significant deterrent.”
Prime Minister David Cameron backed the idea of establishing drunk tanks, which are common in parts of Europe and America, in a speech last year, but he did not mention fees for those who use them.
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