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A young woman has become the first person to be completely banned from buying alcohol nationwide.
By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent Published: 8:25PM BST 15 Apr 2010
Laura Hall, 20, has been barred from drinking at every pub, club and hotel in England and Wales. She is also prohibited from purchasing alcohol at shops, supermarkets and off-licenses, under the terms of a drinking banning order, police said.
Officers have repeatedly had to deal with Miss Hall’s antisocial behaviour in her home town of Bromsgrove, Worcs. Photographs released yesterday showed her swigging from a bottle of white wine on a train, and drinking shots of spirits.
Sgt David Roberts, of West Mercia police, said the order would protect the public in Bromsgrove and added that he hoped it would give the 20-year-old binge drinker an opportunity to “get her life back on track”.
The order for a drinking banning order (DBO) was made at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court, and will last until April 2012.
Miss Hall will also be sent on an alcohol-misuse course to try to help her curb her problem.
She faces a £2,500 fine if she is caught breaching the strict conditions. DBOs were introduced by the Home Office in September 2009 as a measure to prevent individuals who are causing alcohol-related disorder from entering specified licensed premises.
Miss Hall had already been excluded from local licensed premises through the pub-watch scheme.
Sgt Roberts said: "While there have been some drinking banning orders issued already since their introduction last year, this is the first to be issued on a nationwide basis and it effectively bans Laura Hall from drinking or buying alcohol in any licensed premises across the whole of England and Wales.
"We chose to use this new legislation as a way of helping address Laura's offending behaviour, and we very much hope that rather than seeing it as a punishment, she will use it as an opportunity to get her life back on track.
"The conditions of the order will also help to protect the public in Bromsgrove and the surrounding area from the anti-social effects of Laura's behaviour and we hope they will feel reassured to learn this DBO is in place."