Oxford City Council and police have launched a poster campaign
to publicise the ban on drinking in the city centre. The posters
will be on show in bars, restaurants and colleges, and threaten
up to £500 in fines for those who drink in the alcohol-free
zones. PC Paul Phillips, the city’s residential and homeless
liaison officer, told Cherwell that the zones aimed to
“reduce the risk of crime, disorder and fear.” He
praised students however, for being “very compliant”
with the ban, and admitted that the fine was “not imposed
very frequently.” Those caught drinking in alcohol- free
areas will face an initial warning, followed by a possible fine
or prosecution.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004