Alcohol related crime

The controls, officially known as a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO), have been introduced in partnership with Surrey Police to allow greater control over the drinking of alcohol in public. It also increases Police powers to deal with alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in the area.

The area covered by a DPPO includes places where antisocial drinking or alcohol-related nuisance have been identified, and an outer zone to reduce the likelihood of problems being displaced into surrounding areas. Signs showing the area are installed in all main locations.

While it is not an offence to consume alcohol within the area, DPPOs mean that Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can ask people to stop drinking alcohol if they are causing a nuisance. Officers can also confiscate alcohol and dispose of it where appropriate. If someone continues to drink alcohol after being asked to stop, they are committing an offence and may be liable to a £500 fine or arrest. It will not affect peaceful family picnics for example and excludes licensed premises.

DPPO areas

Merstham DPPO

A DPPO was introduced in the area shown in the map below in September 2013 following complaints about the antisocial behaviour created by people drinking in public in the Merstham vicinity.

Redhill DPPO

A DPPO was introduced covering Redhill town centre in October 2007 and has been vigorously enforced by Surrey Police since then. This has led to a successful reduction in complaints about antisocial public drinking from traders, residents and shoppers.

Merstham and Redhill DPPO areas can be found by under the Anti-Social Behaviour section of the ‘Where I Live’ feature.


If you have any concerns you can report online to our Joint Enforcement Team (JET) or please contact:

Community Safety
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
Town Hall
Castlefield Road
Tel: 01737 276000

For information on alcohol misuse including services and policies, visit the Alcohol Concern website.