'Drunkard' banned from buying alcohol

22 July, 2009

A 34-year-old woman has been banned from buying alcohol anywhere in Britain under a rarely-used ancient law dating back more than a century.

Angela Wrightson, 34, of Hartlepool, is thought to be the first person for more than a decade to be legally labelled a drunkard.

If licensees sell alcohol to her they face a fine of £500, while Wrightson herself could be fined £200 under the terms of the two-year ASBO she received this week from magistrates. Police will issue a warning to all licensed premises in Hartlepool explaining the ban.

The 1902 Licensing Act allows courts to ban individuals from buying alcohol but is seldom applied.




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