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Illegal drinkers are ‘blot’ on the Falkirk landscape

The illegal drinking den in Newmarket Street, Falkirk

The illegal drinking den in Newmarket Street, Falkirk

 

Illegal drinkers have been flouting the law ... only 200 yards from Falkirk Police Office.

Now senior officers have told beat cops that the drinking den in the town’s busy Newmarket Street is to be a priority for patrols.

A meeting also took place this week between police, Falkirk Council and other partners to look at how best to tackle the issue.

The drinkers, males and females of all ages, have set up their own drinking ‘club’ outside a former cafe and next to a charity shop.

They can regularly be spotted drinking at all hours of the day and night just yards from Falkirk Registry Office where weddings take place and grieving relatives go to register deaths.

The bold drinkers have even pulled a bench under the canopy of nearby empty stores to give them shelter from the elements – and hide them from CCTV cameras.

As the public, including families with children, walk past the boozers swig from bottles of cheap cider.

Since 1998, it has been illegal to drink in public places after byelaws were passed by Falkirk Council.

Depute Provost John Patrick said: “We have to get something done about this. It is a public nuisance and is certainly not appropriate for such a focal point.”

Town centre councillor Cecil Meiklejohn said: “This is not the image we want for Falkirk.”

Alastair Mitchell, Falkirk Delivers manager, said: “I am well aware of the situation and will be discussing it with all our colleagues on the police, council and CCTV.

‘‘It is certainly not how we want Falkirk to be portrayed.”

A police spokesperson said: “Within the last month there have been five people charged in relation to various anti-social behaviour issues at that location.

“We are very much aware of the alcohol issues around Newmarket Street and it is one of our priority locations which are regularly patrolled.

“Tackling issues of anti-social behaviour is a year-round priority. We will continue to focus on this area and work in partnership to address issues.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Within the last month there have been five people charged in relation to various anti-social behaviour issues at that location.”

 

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