Police hail success of booze ban

NEAALM110615D1 - Beat officer Paul Toon in Hall Om Wong park Kimberley
NEAALM110615D1 - Beat officer Paul Toon in Hall Om Wong park Kimberley

AN ORDER that outlawed drinking on the streets of Kimberley has ‘significantly’ reduced anti-social behaviour, according to a local police officer.

Drinking was banned in the town centre and parks in April after masses of complaints from residents and beat manager Paul Toon said the move has had a ‘dramatic effect’ on crime figures in the area.

“It’s going very well and long may it continue,” he said.

“We’ve confiscated a lot of drink and the message seems to be getting through. It’s certainly been extremely worthwhile for the town.”

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