Woman banned from off-licences?

30 April, 2010

A Midlands woman became the first person in the UK to be banned from all licensed premises – and days later was back in court after breaching the ban.

Kidderminster magistrates granted West Mercia police a “drinking banning order” against 20-year-old Laura Hall of Bromsgrove, after a series of local alcohol-related public order offences.

Hall has already been banned from pubs under local industry schemes, but the new order bars her from buying alcohol in all pubs, supermarkets and off-licences in England and Wales for two years.

Sgt David Roberts, from Bromsgrove police, said: “While there have been some drinking banning orders issued already, this is the first to be issued on a nationwide basis.”?Drinking banning orders were introduced by the Home Office last September to prevent known individuals with?a record of causing alcohol-related disorder from entering specific licensed premises.

Roberts added: “We chose to use this to help address Laura’s offending behaviour, and we hope she will use it as an opportunity to get her life back on track.”?Hall will also have to undertake a course to tackle her alcohol-misuse issues.

She has already been fined £75 and costs for breaking the terms of the order after she was ejected from a club for being drunk and disorderly.

Stores which sell her alcohol will have committed no offence.

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