'Boozers plague us' claim Accrington traders

Lancashire Telegraph: Street drinking  is still a problem, say traders Street drinking is still a problem, say traders

TRADERS in Accrington claim they are being plagued with problems linked to street drinking, despite a police crackdown.

A joint bid to tackle the problem was launched by the council and police in June, but locals said they had seen little progress.

Despite it being illegal to consume alcohol in public, people have reported drunken beggars intimidating shoppers, dumping used needles in the street, and abusing those who dare to challenge them.

Mark Brown, founder of CATCH, which is campaigning for a better Accrington town centre said: “It seems to be between three and five people constantly there.

“They are there early, then they move up and down the bus station before coming back at night.

“They are just sat drinking and intimidating people, and making it a horrible part of town.

“I have written to the police and have not heard anything back.”

Dave Wearden, owner of Gift Print, Peel Street said: “They constantly occupy the bus station. One lady went to get on a bus and ended up getting a taxi because she was scared.

“It’s not just the alcohol, it’s the begging. They go up to people and ask for 20p or 30p.

“There are occasions we have had to kick needles into the gutter because they have been left on the pavement, but that has not happened since they closed the portable toilet.”

The deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Clare Pritchard, said that there was not a ‘significant problem’.

She said: “There are not people sat around drinking every day. There has not been a spike and the problem has not got worse. It has stayed the same. If the police see people drinking, they confiscate their alcohol.”

Leader of the opposition, Coun Peter Britcliffe, said: “The traders are not making it up.”

Inspector Catherine Platt said: “There has been no significant rise in the number of calls we have received regarding anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

“We would reassure people that we have a dedicated town centre team, in addition to 24/7 patrols.”

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8:36pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

ban alcohol
ban alcohol Sajdin

9:10pm Mon 2 Dec 13

mavrick says...

Patrol the town centre more often and challenge these people. oops I don't think we have any bobbies left.
Patrol the town centre more often and challenge these people. oops I don't think we have any bobbies left. mavrick

8:59am Tue 3 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

There was supposed to be a local byelaw in place round the town banning street consumption of alcohol;if that is so then why the heck isn't it enforced properly?
There was supposed to be a local byelaw in place round the town banning street consumption of alcohol;if that is so then why the heck isn't it enforced properly? AnthonyUK

9:10am Tue 3 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

Also places like Maundy Grange are also partly responsible for this scourge;half of the people who come to this charity carry on their street drinking as if nothing will happen to them at all!
Also places like Maundy Grange are also partly responsible for this scourge;half of the people who come to this charity carry on their street drinking as if nothing will happen to them at all! AnthonyUK

9:23am Tue 3 Dec 13

themink says...

Sajdin wrote:
ban alcohol
We arent under Shariah law just yet. Thats like saying some people are irresponsible drivers...I know, ban cars.
[quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: ban alcohol[/p][/quote]We arent under Shariah law just yet. Thats like saying some people are irresponsible drivers...I know, ban cars. themink

10:53am Tue 3 Dec 13

Biggy12 says...

I see Accrington's reprobates are drinking on a empty head again
I see Accrington's reprobates are drinking on a empty head again Biggy12

6:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

boxerphile says...

these morons have taken to drinking inside certain stores now.i was in poundland last week when a member of staff found 2 empty 3ltr cider bottles shoved under a display stand.they told me this was a regular thing.shops/supermar
kets should not sell alcohol until 7pm.ah! but this government don't give a ****.NIMBY.!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
these morons have taken to drinking inside certain stores now.i was in poundland last week when a member of staff found 2 empty 3ltr cider bottles shoved under a display stand.they told me this was a regular thing.shops/supermar kets should not sell alcohol until 7pm.ah! but this government don't give a ****.NIMBY.!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! boxerphile

8:47am Fri 20 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

Maundy Grange say "please be patient with these people", why should the public be patient with them when they are being aggressive and asking for money?
Maundy Grange say "please be patient with these people", why should the public be patient with them when they are being aggressive and asking for money? AnthonyUK

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