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Designated Public Place Orders
Designated Public Place Orders are orders made by local authorities under powers given to them under section 13 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. These powers make it easier for local authorities to designate places where restrictions on public drinking will apply and are available in areas that have experienced alcohol-related disorder or nuisance.
While it is not an offence to consume alcohol within a 'designated' area, the police and police community support officers have powers to control the consumption of alcohol within that place. If they believe someone is consuming alcohol or intends to consume alcohol they can require them to stop; and confiscate the alcohol from people whether the drinking vessel is unopened or not.
If someone, without a reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the officer's request they are committing an offence and further action can be taken.