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Published on April 3rd, 2012 | by Dean Carr


Alcohol Restriction Zone applied in Stoke-on-Trent

An Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) has been applied in Stoke-on-Trent in response to concerns over alcohol-related public disorder.

The implementation of the ARZ was prompted by a petition, signed by over eight hundred people and submitted by Tunstall Chamber of Trade.

There are currently nine Alcohol Restriction Zones across the city.


Alcohol Restriction Zones and police powers:  

  • Police officers may request that a person to stop drinking in a public place for a wide range of reasons linked to public disturbance
  • Police officers can demand the surrender of any containers suspected to contain alcohol
  • These measures apply to all public places within the ARZ, but not to homes or pubs (including gardens)
  • Failure to comply with these measures can result in a fine of up to £500

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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