Hatfield off licence banned from selling to street drinkers

PUBLISHED: 10:46 14 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:37 19 February 2019

A Hatfield off licence has been warned off selling to known street drinkers.  Picture: Supplied

A Hatfield off licence has been warned off selling to known street drinkers. Picture: Supplied

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An off licence in Hatfield has been given strict new licence conditions after police raised concerns about antisocial drinking related to alcohol sales from the shop.

Officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Unit applied for a review of the Herts Off Licence’s premises licence following reports of sales of alcohol to street drinkers.

It was believed that the shop, in Market Place, had sold single cans to people known to commit drink-related antisocial behaviour in the town centre.

The town centre is now subject to a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) meaning it is a criminal offence to drink alcohol in a public place within the area covered by the order.

During a review hearing at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, a condition was added to the premise’s licence to not sell alcohol to persons identified as known street drinkers and perpetrators of antisocial behaviour within the PSPO area.

Herts Off Licence supported these conditions being added to its licence.

Other licensed premises in Hatfield Town Centre will also be asked to refrain from selling alcohol to known street drinkers.

Assistant investigator James Moatt, from the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Unit, said: “These measures will contribute to an improvement in the environment for all businesses, visitors and residents in Hatfield.

“The key message here is that the availability of alcohol to street drinkers needs to be reduced in order to tackle crime and disorder.

“Licensed premises have a part to play in supporting the police and council street wardens in managing the PSPO effectively, and in turn improving the local environment.”

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for community safety, said: “It’s important that businesses work with us to help to tackle antisocial behaviour issues in the town centre.

“The PSPO is part of a much wider programme of work that goes on throughout Welwyn Hatfield to reduce antisocial behaviour, including our outreach work in partnership with many local organisations that ensures residents have access to the right support.

“Anyone who has any suspicions around anti-social behaviour should never hesitate to report it to the police on 101.”

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