20 Year Old Woman Became First to be Restricted in All Pubs and Clubs in UK
Laura Hall, 20 years old, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, has been given the very first national Drinking Banning Order (DBO) in the United Kingdom.
The ban will last for two years and is in effect in England and Wales. She will not be allowed to enter any pub, bar or club, not even an off-license. She is also restricted from purchasing alcohol at any other establishment or shop, carrying it in an unsealed container or drinking it in a public place.
It is unclear what Hall actually did to merit such ruling but she was convicted of a series of public order offenses previously.
She will be required to complete an alcohol abuse course. If she completes without breaking the order, the ban will be shortened to twelve months. If she do breach the order, she will be fined an amount of 2,500 pounds.
Sergeant David Roberts of West Mercia Police said that ‘There have been some Drinking Banning Orders issued already but this is the first to be issued on a nationwide basis.” When asked why she was given the DBO instead of being sent to prison, “We want to rehabilitate her rather than send her straight to jail, and hope the banning order will help Laura address her problems.”