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Booze Blitz in Clitheroe Town Centre

Published Monday, 18 November 2013

Street boozing is being blitzed in a partnership between Ribble Valley Borough Council and the police.

The council has joined forces with the police to deter people from drinking alcohol in Clitheroe town centre.

Signs have been placed outside town centre pubs warning customers that they risk fines of up to £500 for drinking in public.

Kevin Horkin, chairman of the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership, said: "Clitheroe is a vibrant place to visit, especially on a Saturday night, but we also want it to be safe.

"We want people to have a great night out, but not walk around our town centre carrying glasses and bottles.

"We have placed signs outside or near 10 public houses reminding people that the town centre is an alcohol-free zone and they need to sup up before moving on."

Ribble Valley currently has six public place orders, known as alcohol-free zones, prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in public: Clitheroe, Longridge and Whalley centres; Read, Sabden and Simonstone; Chatburn, Billington and Langho, Edisford and Low Moor; Wilpshire, Ramsgreave, Salesbury and Clayton-le-Dale.

Revellers found carrying glasses and bottles in alcohol-free zones could be asked to surrender them by police officers and face fines of £500 if they don't.

The Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership comprises Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, the police, fire and rescue service and probation service, as well as other community groups, who work together to tackle crime and disorder in the borough.

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