Liquor ban changes on hold till 2011
Liquor bans could be extended in the South Waikato but not in time to help police this summer.
South Waikato District Council is considering extending its liquor bans to cover all urban reserves and alleyways in Putaruru and Tokoroa. At present the ban covers the towns’ central business districts.
The hours the liquor ban is in place will also be extended.
At a council meeting on Thursday Tokoroa police Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill endorsed the proposed liquor bans.
Mr Hill told councillors the new liquor bans would give police ‘‘another tool’’ to use.
The ban would not mean every person with alcohol in a reserve would be arrested and charged he said, rather police would use their discretion.
Liquor bans gave police the ability to disperse groups drinking in reserves, as well as the power of arrest, Mr Hill said.
He said a liquor ban would help prevent regular disturbances at Strathmore Park following Friday evening sport.