Booze ban poised to sober up louts A BOOZE BAN is on the cards to try to cut trouble on the streets. Gosport police want to ban alcohol from every road in the town by May to avoid another summer of trouble. Officers have been called to 247 street-drinking incidents since April last year and they say enough is enough. Initially, the ban will cover the Falklands Gardens, town centre and certain parks. But once it has started, police want to roll out a blanket ban covering every road in the borough. The order will let police fine or arrest anyone caught drinking alcohol in public. However, officers said they wouldn't target innocent couples or families having a bottle of wine on the beach or in a park. Town centre beat officer PC John Connelly said: 'We want to make people feel safe. We want to give these places back to the public from the drunken louts who think they've got the right to go down there and use it for drinking. 'During the summer of last year it got worse, and that's being dealt with at the moment. 'Because of the escalation, we've certainly got to do something. 'The idea was to get an alcohol ban in place by the summer. It will be an effective power and I'm quite positive that it will be in place quite shortly.' The booze ban is being investigated by council officers, who are compiling maps of where the drinking has taken place. The proposal will then go to the council's policy and organisation board for approval before a vote at full council. Lib Dem leader Cllr David Smith said: 'I'm delighted that it's going ahead. It will do a lot to solve anti-social behaviour problems in the town. 'I will put the pressure on now I know it's in the pipeline, and I'd like to see it done by the summer at the latest.'(taken from Mon pompey evening news) Will this work - how do you decide "an innocent couple"? & why would a family be drinking a bottle of wine in a park??!!