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New powers to seize street drinks

Police in Hartlepool have been given powers to clamp down on street drinking in a bid to cut anti-social behaviour.

A further Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) has been put in place, bringing the total number of streets covered by the scheme to 203.

The orders allow officers to confiscate alcohol from anyone drinking or intending to drink it, if they feel the action is appropriate.

Anyone refusing to comply can be issued with a 50 fixed penalty notice.

The 16 wards now covered by the orders are Throston, Brus, Burn Valley, Dyke House, Fens, Foggy Furze, Grange, Greatham, Hart, Owton, Park, Rift House, Rossmere, Seaton, St Hilda and Stranton.

Hartlepool mayor Stuart Drummond, who is also chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: "We are determined to clamp down on the antics of people who behave irresponsibly under the influence of alcohol.

"I am delighted that the police now have these additional powers."

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