Cheshire Independent Issue 165

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Inspector Andrew Baker, deputy anti-social behaviour lead for Cheshire Police, said: “It is extremely important that the local community and visitors alike can visit, work or travel through the town and feel safe. “This order allows the police and council to work in partnership to tackle anti-so- cial behaviour and make Mac- clesfield an even safer place.” Over the next few weeks, Cheshire police officers, alongside council commu- nity enforcement officers, will have a visible presence in the town to engage with members of the public about the new order and bring these new powers to their attention. Signs will be placed at various locations warning of the penalties and the nature of activities included in the order, which is a response to increasing complaints about incidents, including drinking in public places. The order does not apply to drinking in areas where a pavement MACCLESFIELD sporting legend Ian Wilson and his family attended a special daywhich sawKing’s School’s newcricket fieldnamed inhis honour. To mark the occasion and in tribute to the Macclesfield school’s former cricket coach, players from the last 50 years turned up for the grand opening and a series ofmatches on the pitch. Ian, pictured here with grandchildren Rosy,DylanandSonny,said:“Iamflabber- gasted andhumbled. It’s unbelievable.” • Full story andmore pictures page 22 No place for the anti-social New ban on street drinking as extra powers come into force Protection order: Drinking on Macclesfield’s streets could now result in a heavy fine licence is in place. Police and authorised officers will have the power to request that alcohol, in a sealed or unsealed container, is handed to them if they suspect it is likely to lead to a public nui- sance or disorder. Fixed penalty notices of £100 could be handed out for failure to comply with this request or for any breaches of other parts of the order. Repeat offending, or failure to pay, could lead to prosecu- tion at magistrates’ court, with potential fines of £500 or £1,000 according to the nature of the offence. Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council’s environment and communi- ties committee, said: “Mac- clesfield is a great town and we want our residents and families to be able to walk around without encountering excessive drinking or other anti-social activities they could find intimidating and offensive. We have worked with Cheshire police and local ward members to bring this forward and we hope that the signage that is being put in place will send out the mes- sage that anti-social behav- iour, in all its forms, will not be tolerated.” Macclesfield central ward councillors Liz Braithwaite and Ashley Farrall said: “For a number of years we have lis- tened to residents’ concerns and witnessed ourselves the issue of on-street drink- ing and associated anti-so- cial behaviour, particularly around Exchange Street and the Market Place. “This order, which we’ve been working on for the past year with local businesses, police and the council enforce- ment team, will give police the power to act to prevent this type of behaviour for the whole town centre, making it a safer and more pleasant place for everyone.”