Historic law could help drink issue

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THETFORD’S Police will be using a ‘new’ measure to tackle street drinking by making use of a law that is more than 100 years old.

A number of tactics have been used by officers to combat the problem, which has been a priority for the last year.

But Thetford officers are now looking at enforcing the 1906 Licensing Act, a law which allows them to arrest and convict persistent drinkers.

Inspector Adam Hayes, from Thetford Safer Neighbourhood team (SNT), said the measure was ‘another string to the bow’.

“Officers have utilised a number of tactics in the SNT’s ongoing priority to address street drinking in Thetford.

“This includes positive engagement and education with street drinkers about the law and the dangers associated with alcohol,” he said.

The 1906 Licensing Act allows for police to apply for a court order that could result in an individual being refused sale of alcohol in the town if they are arrested and convicted for being drunk on a highway three times in a year – termed to be an ‘habitual drunkard’.

Insp Hayes added: “We’re tackling issues around street drinking from as many angles as possible in order to develop a measured and sustainable solution.”