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Man, 19, gets Nottingham's first Drink Banning Order

A 19-year-old man has become the first person to be given a Drink Banning Order in Nottingham.

Kane Simmons, 19, of The Steeples, Annesley Woodhouse, is banned from the city centre and its off-licenses.

The ban, imposed by magistrates, covers the hours between 7pm and 7am and will last a year.

He had been asked to leave the city centre twice by police at the end of 2009 after behaving aggressively while under the influence of alcohol.

The duration of the order could be halved if Mr Simmons attends an approved course that addresses drinking-related issues.

City disorder

Vanessa Lucas-Heathorn of Nottingham City Council said: "This is an excellent step in tackling alcohol-fuelled disorder within the city centre.

"Nottingham is one of the Home Office's 50 alcohol priority areas and the team has been working on a number of operations to police the city centre at night, resulting in our first Drink Banning Order.

"Now that we have this new legislation to hand, Nottingham City Council will continue to work closely with the police to tackle those who do not respect our city and ruin it for others who wish to enjoy the vibrant nightlife Nottingham has to offer."

Drink Banning Orders came into force on 31 August 2009 and are similar in their working to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos).

These orders can be given for a duration of between two months and two years.



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