New law to help police stamp out street drinking
PEOPLE found drinking on more than 100 different streets in Llanelli could see their alcohol confiscated.
A Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) came into effect within named streets in the town, plus part of the Millennium Coastal Park, on St David's Day.
Carmarthenshire Council approved moves to make the order back in December.
The application for the order was made by the Glanymor and Tyisha Safer Communities Action Group, and has been supported by police, residents and councillors — some of whom requested the original area mapped out be extended.
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The order allows a police officer, police community support officer and people accredited through a community safety accreditation scheme, to control the consumption of alcohol within designated public places. If they believe that someone is consuming alcohol or intends to consume alcohol they can require them to stop or they can confiscate the alcohol.
Llanelli's Inspector Eric Evans said within the first week of the order, officers had not had to use any powers under it.
"It is envisaged that as daylight hours increase and the temperatures begin to rise the need for such powers will equally become more necessary," he said.
"Crime and antisocial behaviour levels are historically low during February and March, and it is too early in the year to expect street drinking to be a problem."
Anyone failing to comply could be issued a fine or prosecuted.
Llanelli Entertainment Centre, Station Road,
Llanelli Leisure Centre and Y Ffwrnes, Park Street, will not be covered by the order — along with other venues with a Club Premises Certificate or Temporary Event Notice.