A good idea for dealing with drunk ratbags, perhaps Len will adopt it

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The Poms have come up with a good idea for dealing with drunk ratbags…private drunk tanks.

Drunks causing a nuisance in towns and cities will be held overnight in privately run “drunk tanks” and charged up to £400 under police leaders’ proposals.

Drinkers who get so intoxicated they cannot look after themselves would be cared for in holding cells until they sober up and charged for the pleasure, as well as being fined for being drunk and disorderly.

Police believe a commercially run initiative would act as an extra deterrent to excessive drinking as well as free up officers from having to deal with late-night drunkenness. 

The suggestion has won the backing of some police and crime commissioners, who are keen to tackle alcohol-related problems and keep policing costs down.

Prime Minister David Cameron backed the idea of establishing drunk tanks, which are common in parts of Europe and America, in a speech last year, but he did not mention fees for those who use them.

On Tuesday, Adrian Lee, the chief constable of Northamptonshire and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on tackling alcohol problems, said: “I do not see why the police service or the health service should pick up the duty of care for someone who has chosen to go out and get so drunk that they cannot look after themselves.

“So why don’t we take them to a drunk cell owned by a commercial company and get the commercial company to look after them during the night until they are sober?

“When that is over we will issue them with a fixed penalty and the company will be able to charge them for their care, which would be at quite significant cost and that might be a significant deterrent.”

It is estimated that it costs between £300 and £400 a night to hold someone in a police cell – more than a night in the Ritz hotel – while police can issue a fine of up to £80 for an offence of drunk and disorderly.


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