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Town centre alcohol ban praised

19 October 07 06:07 GMT

A town centre drink-free zone which has helped to reduce alcohol-related crime in Aberystwyth by 15% since 2005 has been praised by the Home Office.

It said the project was a good example of organisations and the community working together to improve safety.

The scheme is now being highlighted as part of the Home Office's Not In My Neighbourhood week.

Figures show that overall crime in the zone over the past two years has also fallen by 6%.

The zone has given police the power to confiscate alcohol in bottles and glasses on the streets, and between June 2005 and May 2007, 633 were confiscated by officers.

The Home Office said a review had proved the zone had been a success.

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A spokesman said: "Aberystwyth's alcohol-free zone, established in May 2005, has proved a success a review carried out earlier this year has shown.

"Now, as part of Not In My Neighbourhood Week, the scheme has been highlighted as a good example of organisations and the community working together to make a community safer."

The Home Office said Not In My Neighbourhood week was part of its Changing Lives, Making Communities Safer campaign.

Its purpose is to show that work is being carried out to tackle crime, drugs, anti-social behaviour and alcohol misuse.

Bronwen Morgan, chair of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership and chief executive of Ceredigion Council, said: "This review is an excellent example of the benefits of partnership working and a clear demonstration of our philosophy set out within the community safety strategy."

Other figures show that begging and vagrancy cases are down by 80% in the drink-free zone and anti-social nuisance and noise rates have fallen by 10% and 15% respectively.

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