Published: November 21, 2013
Court serves Drinking Banning Order on Burnham-On-Sea man

A court has this week issued a Drinking Banning Order on a Burnham-On-Sea man which means he is no longer able to visit pubs across the area.

The middle-aged man received the order from magistrates in Taunton after police said he had caused 'trouble and public concern' at pubs in the Burnham area.

Sgt Ash Jones from Burnham Police told "This is quite an unusual order to secure. The Drinking Banning Order (DBO) means that the man is now unable to drink in public at pubs in Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge."

The court heard that he had caused a lot of public concern over a lengthy period and magistrates felt there was a sufficient need to place the banning order on him to protect public safety.

Andy Sharman of Somerset Businesses Against Crime, who works on safety with several Burnham pubs, told "I congratulate the Burnham Police team on securing this order."

"It is important that problems like these are reported and that businesses work together with police to make our towns safe."

Breaking or 'breaching' a Drinking Banning Order is a criminal offence and can be taken to court with a fine of up to £2,500.

The orders, introduced in 2009, are civil orders used to address alcohol misuse behaviour, and help protect others and their property from such behaviour.


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