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City street drinking ban extended
A ban on street drinking is to extended to more areas across Wearside, city councillors have revealed.

Council bosses say the move has been brought in to "make Sunderland a safer and more pleasant place".

The new no alcohol zones include areas around the Stadium of Light, all parks and cemeteries and parts of Washington village.

Sunderland City Council says those in breach of the new order face arrest and a 500 fine

The powers will extend the areas previously covered by existing bye-laws ban in the City centre and the Sea Front.

Designated areas

A local bye-law has been in place for a number of years in Sunderland city centre and the seafront areas, preventing public drinking of alcohol in the open air.

The new order came into effect on 1 May.

A spokesman for Sunderland City Council said: "Warning signs have been erected advising the public that they are in a designated area.

"Offenders will be warned by police to stop drinking alcohol in those areas before any action will be taken."

Council leader Bob Symonds added: "The city council hopes these new measures will result in an improved quality of life for residents.

"I am confident these powers will support police officers in the sometimes difficult job they have in dealing with drink-related crime and public disorder."

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