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Drinkers banned from St Thomas Pleasure Ground in Exeter

By e_gregson  |  Posted: December 19, 2012

Drinkers banned from St Thomas Pleasure Ground and surrounding streets

Drinkers banned from St Thomas Pleasure Ground and surrounding streets

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Drinkers will be banned from plaguing a city park from Christmas Eve.

Neighbourhood police in the St Thomas area of Exeter recently applied for the Section 30 dispersal order in order to prevent unwanted drinkers congregating in the pleasure ground.

And the application has been successful, with the local police superintendent signing off the order and agreeing to it being in place by Monday, December 24.

The Section 30 will last for six months and gives both police officers and PCSOs the power to disperse groups for anti-social behaviour for up to 24 hours.

The move comes just months after the Echo revealed police concerns over drinkers in the park.

The order covers St Thomas Pleasure Ground and surrounding streets.

Neighbourhood officers and local councillors say the group of drinkers cause "alarm and distress" to those using the park and nearby residents.

The drinkers are said to be in the park on a "daily basis" and police say they bring dogs with them which are not on leads.

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  • Exon_Iphone  |  December 19 2012, 2:22PM

    woe_is_me1- I'm not sure you've read the article right. You say "Perhaps they should pay more attention to nuisance dog owners who cannot read the very clear signs provided by ECC and allow their aggressive chav dogs off their leads and let them cr@p everywhere." Article says "The drinkers are said to be in the park on a "daily basis" and police say they bring dogs with them which are not on leads." One of the reasons the police have applied for it? Also, doesn't really say anything about kids being the problems so don't see why you presume the kids will be pushed out of the park when the article clearly says it's about groups of drinkers and their dogs.

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  • woe_is_me1  |  December 19 2012, 11:29AM

    Perhaps the police can confirm how many reports of anti-social behaviour and drink-related incidents there have been in this park in the last 12 months. My guess is that it's fairly close to zero. All this serves to do is push kids who do nothing worse than socialise in the park, out into the surrounding neighbourhoods where they may become a nuisance and where their parents will not know where they are. Perhaps they should pay more attention to nuisance dog owners who cannot read the very clear signs provided by ECC and allow their aggressive chav dogs off their leads and let them cr@p everywhere. Whichever officers came up with this ingenious plans will hopefully have just put themselves forward for the next round of cuts.

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  • TerryTibbs  |  December 19 2012, 10:23AM

    Thats a shame I have had the best christmas eve and new year celebrations with the other drinkers in that park ,1999 was a classic.

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