90 per cent drop in reports of anti-social behaviour relating to street drinking in Hackney

Reports of anti-social behaviour relating to street drinking have fallen by nearly 90 per cent since a controlled drinking zone was introduced in Hackney. Between May 2009 and May 2010 police received 609 calls relating to street drinking.

But in the same period between 2011 and 2012, after the zone was introduced, the figure dropped dramatically to just 64.

The scheme gives police the power to confiscate alcohol or stop people drinking if they are causing disorder or threatening behaviour in streets, parks and public open spaces.

Cllr Sophie Linden, cabinet member for crime, said: “This sort of anti-social behaviour can make life really difficult for residents.

“One of the most pleasing results is that, rather than issuing fixed penalties to those who can’t afford to pay them, the police and wardens have been confiscating alcohol and helping them to seek professional help.”

The council and police continue to focus on hotspots in the borough, including Gillett Square, in Dalston, and have formed a joint action group to tackle issues around street drinking and other anti-social behaviour.