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Do King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton need new orders to curb drink-related disorder?

PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 June 2017

Officers on patrol at King's Lynn bus station. Picture: Chris Bishop

Officers on patrol at King's Lynn bus station. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Do King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton need new orders giving police extra powers to control drink-related anti-social behaviour?

People are being invited to have their say on three new protection orders which will restrict alcohol consumption in areas of King’s Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market.

West Norfolk council said that the new public space protection orders would replace the current designated public space order, which is due to expire on October 20.

The public space protection orders (PSPO) for Downham Market and Hunstanton contain minor amendments to the previous provisions.

These allow for new housing developments in the pipeline to be included in the areas covered and to enable easier identification of boundaries.

The proposal for the King’s Lynn PSPO extends the order to areas where alcohol-related disorder is known to take place.

Police have arrested or warned around 50 people in a crackdown around the town’s bus station in recent months.

Ian Devereux, West Norfolk council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “With the new legislation coming into force, we had an option to let the existing dedicated public place order lapse or to replace it with public space protection orders.

“We feel that alcohol-related activity can have a detrimental effect on the quality of people’s lives in areas where it takes place.

“As such we wanted to make sure we kept in place some mechanism that means people who are drinking and causing alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in those areas could be asked to stop drinking or surrender their drinks.

“We have made some amendments to the existing arrangements and are seeking people’s views on these changes.”

Officials are also proposing to close a road which runs alongside Bawsey Country Park, on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, to vehicles.

They say that this would help to curb a fly-tipping problem in and around the area, where people are driving down the lane and dumping waste illegally from vehicles.

All four orders can be viewed online here. The consultation closes on July 4.

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