Published: Monday, 11th Sep 2023

Rules governing how the police can deal with drunken behaviour are up for review as Bolton Council consults on whether to extend them.

Have your say bottleCurrent powers allow the police and authorised personnel to tell people to stop drinking alcohol if they believe it is fuelling anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder.

If they don't stop, the alcohol can be confiscated or the offender may be issued with a £100 on-the-spot fine for disorder.

That fine can jump to £500 if the person is prosecuted and found guilty.

The rules cover the whole of Bolton and go back to 2012. They have been in place ever since, although they have been updated to a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.

PSPOs only last for three years before they must be reviewed to see if they should be extended for three more years.

The alcohol rules now need to be reviewed, so the council is asking people whether they think that they should be extended.

The rules do not apply to anywhere with a license to serve alcohol, meaning that people are still be able to drink alcohol at licensed events and in pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

Councillor Rabiya Jiva, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, said "Many people enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine and these riles are not about stopping the vast majority of people who drink responsibily.

“But sadly, there is always a minority of people who turn to antisocial behaviour, crime or disorder, spoiling things for everyone else.

“These rules are about giving the police and authorised personnel the powers to deal with bad behaviour when it is being fuelled by alcohol.

“I encourage anyone who lives or works in Bolton to take a few minutes to complete our survey so that we can judge the support for extending the rules and hear people’s views.”

The consultation is available at