Sutton Coldfield has become a completely alcohol-free town after council licensing chiefs approved public alcohol exclusion zones in Four Oaks and New Hall following issues of anti-social behaviour.
Some incidents in upmarket Four Oaks involved serious and unprovoked assaults on members of the public
The two other Sutton Coldfield wards of Vesey and Trinity already have alcohol bans, which means the constituency is one of the first in the city to have a complete ban.
Officers in Four Oaks said a “faction” of heavy drinking young teenagers had been responsible for yob behaviour and criminal damage, including attacks on members of the public.
The council’s licencing committee approved both applications that will cover all of Four Oaks and New Hall, which takes in Walmley, Minworth and Wylde Green.
Officers based at Four Oaks handed over a dossier of 66 crime reports in an application for the alcohol restriction zone yesterday.
The Four Oaks order will now ban anyone from drinking alcohol in public around trouble spots in Mere Green, Roughley, Hill Hook and Blake Street.
Both applications have been sent out for public consultation but the council received no objections from members of the public. In the application PC Colin Berry, from Sutton Coldfield Police, said: “The youths are purchasing alcohol from off-licences and consuming it in vast quantities in public places.
“The behaviour has escalated from throwing mud, snowballs and eggs at houses to youths running around the streets damaging vehicles by ripping off wing mirrors, wiper blades and kicking bodywork.
“It is not only vehicles that have been targeted.
“The youths have stopped innocent people in the street and assaulted them for no reason, other than to show off to friends.
“On occasions these assault have been robberies. The injuries suffered by the victims have been horrific, including broken jaws and substantial wounds from glass bottles.
Acting Sergeant Sadar Choudury, who applied for the New Hall ban, said: “This will have a dramatic positive effect for the community who have been asking us to apply for this zone because of an increase in alcohol related anti-social behaviour.”
Coun Dennis Birbeck (Cons, New Hall), who is on the committee, said: “These two will be the final pieces of the jigsaw for Sutton Coldfield and I think we should support both applications.
“Both have been infiltrated by young people who know that the other areas of the town are covered by the exclusion zones.”