New Controlled Drinking Zone Across Merton

Police can now confiscate alcohol

A borough-wide controlled drinking zone (CDZ) is now in effect across Merton, which the council has introduced to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

The new CDZ will mean that police and community support officers will be able to confiscate alcohol from people who are acting in a disorderly manner in public.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, said: "The response from residents during the consultation was clear. They want Merton to clamp down on drinking-related anti-social behaviour. Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London and we want to keep it that way. The new CDZ gained overwhelming support at council when it was proposed last November."

Chair of Merton Council's licensing committee, Councillor David Simpson, said: "A borough-wide Controlled Drinking Zone is simpler and better value for money than establishing zones in individual areas of the borough. We hope that the implementation of the CDZ will lead to fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour in our public spaces."

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June 17, 2013