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Alcoholic Drinks: Chelmsford

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in Chelmsford. (167064)

We are strongly committed to tackling, not tolerating, antisocial behaviour. That is why local crime and disorder reduction partnerships were introduced under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. These enable the police, local authorities and other agencies representing the local community to work together to identify the crime and disorder problems in their area and take action to tackle them.

Specifically in Chelmsford, a Section 30 Dispersal Order was introduced in Chelmsford Town Centre on 15 November; the police carry out high visibility patrols; the licensing laws are enforced; a Pub Link Scheme is in operation; educational programmes are in place for young people and adults, and Chelmsford also has a local Drug and Alcohol Strategy which is being reviewed for 2008.