SOLIHULL Police are warning drinkers who flout the no-alcohol zone in Fordbridge that their tipple could soon cost them £60.
The warning comes as officers from the local neighbourhood team step up efforts to police the restriction.
Solihull Council introduced the alcohol-free area, which covers the entire Fordbridge neighbourhood, in 2008. There are numerous signs on lamp-posts explaining the restrictions – but some drinkers are refusing to heed warnings from officers.
Local police Sergeant Audrey Kavanagh, said: “We’ve confiscated alcohol, issued warnings and generally reminded people about the no-alcohol zone.
“I hoped this would be enough to get certain individuals to change their habits – but if they’re refusing to co-operate we’ll start issuing fines and, if we meet any resistance, make arrests.
“We want the local community to know that individuals who think they can ignore the restrictions will soon find their tipple is very expensive.”
Bosworth Drive is a particular concern for neighbourhood officers with people drinking outside shops – which in turn can lead to elements of anti-social behaviour.
Sgt Kavanagh added: “If groups of people are standing on the streets drinking alcohol then it affects other people’s perception of the area.
“Drinking alcohol and anti-social behaviour often go hand-in-hand so if we can tackle the street-drinking, the associated anti-social behaviour can also be reduced.”