Police in Hyson Green have launched a crackdown on street drinking following an increase in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the area.
Patrols have been stepped up along Radford Road due to complaints about drunks shouting, being abusive and causing trouble while drinking there during the day.
Officers now have the power to confiscate alcohol and issue persistent offenders with a warning order banning them from the area for 48 hours.
Radford Road PCSO Laura Cooper said: “Street drinking in the area is currently one of our key priorities.
“We have received a growing number of complaints regarding drinkers becoming abusive and leaving litter lying in the park.
“People feel intimidated and are worried about the impact drinkers have on the local community.”
She explained that following the no-drinking zone introduced across the city in March last year police have stepped up patrols between the areas of Radford Road and the Forest Recreation Ground.
Miss Cooper said: “We hope that with the help of the local council we will see a reduction in the number of drink-related complaints and a decrease in repeat offences.
“Local shops have also agreed to help by refusing to serve drunk customers and reporting any signs of anti-social behaviour to the police.”
The area, which is Nottingham’s second most popular shopping destination outside of the city centre, is home to a large variety of shops, cafes and small businesses.
Bahar Gozar, owner of Radford Road café Tramwiches, said: “I’ve lived here for 12 years and the area is the worst I have ever seen it.”
He explained how when he first moved to the neighbourhood there was a sense of community spirit although this seems to have disappeared in recent years.
“No-one knows anyone anymore and people have no respect.
“The drinkers do as they please and make a mess – it will be interesting to see if the police can actually make a difference.”
Anyone witnessing street-drinking or anti-social behaviour is advised to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Words by Holly Skelton