Alcohol ban on cards for Stowmarket

BANNING alcohol on a busy Stowmarket street could move a step closer to reality next week after calls that problems with boozing youngsters have reached crisis point.

BANNING alcohol on a busy Stowmarket street could move a step closer to reality next week after calls that problems with boozing youngsters have reached crisis point.

Moves to place an alcohol ban in Ipswich Street and the recreation ground in the town are to be put under scrutiny by the town council.

It follows claims from one councillor that drinking by youngsters has reached crisis point and is resulting in an increase in crime.

Frank Whittle, town and district councillor, said: "I've heard banning orders have been successful elsewhere in the country and think it could make a big difference.

"It is mostly youngsters who hang around and if we can get help from the local shops it could really work – and lead to a crackdown on crime.

"One Friday last month all hell let loose on the recreation ground when youngsters were drinking and fighting among themselves - it was quite awful."

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Mid Suffolk Sector Commander Inspector Julian Blazeby said: "I would support a ban on alcohol not only on Ipswich Street and the recreation ground but also in other town centre areas.

"It has been put to good effect in other parts of the country and would make the area a less threatening place to live."

The plans follow suggestions by Woodbridge Town Council at the beginning of the month to make designated areas in the town alcohol-free

It has chosen to name several streets in the band so drinking is not pushed into other areas.

n.What do you think of the proposals? Do you think problems with youngsters drinking are bad in Stowmarket? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk.

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