Street drinking remains priority for police

TACKLING street drinking remained a priority for the police, councillors were told.

Inspector Marc Clothier said his officers were committed to tackling the issue in Bognor Regis town centre.

“Street drinking has been a big issue in the year since I have been here,” he said. “There’s an awful lot of work going on about it.”

He said two arrests had been recently in the town centre related to the matter.

One concerned an alleged public order offence and the other, a female, was for an alleged breach of the designated public place order which controlled public drinking.

“The female is subject to bail conditions to try to restrict access to the town centre,” he said. “There is still a way to go and we will not completely eradicate the problem but we are working really hard to try to make a difference.”

Insp Clothier welcomed last week’s installation of hoardings outside the former WH Smith in the precinct. The site had become a focal point for rough sleepers and street drinkers.

He said at last Wednesday’s meeting of the joint western Arun area committee an officer from Brighton Police Station was looking at the work on street drinkers in Bognor to ensure every aspect was being covered. The police were also looking at sales of super-strength alcohol.