POLICE are set to launch a crackdown on problem drinkers in the Bay area and Brading.
The force is hoping to introduce a designated public place order or DPPO in areas plagued by problem drinkers in Sandown, Shanklin, Lake and Brading to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol.
The plans were outlined to members of Brading Town Council at its last meeting by PC Mark Vincent. He told members the new order would give police the powers to control problem drinking in the town in areas such as the High Street and Tudor Gardens.
The order would mean officers would have the power to ask people to stop drinking in a public place and, if they refused, they have an additional power to confiscate the alcohol.
Police have to apply to the Isle of Wight Council for the order to become law. A six-week public consultation has been launched about the order, which will come into force in around six months if it is approved by the Isle of Wight Council.
Signs would also be erected in areas where the order was in force.
PC Vincent said: "While it is not an offence to consume alcohol while in the designated area, police will have the power to control drinking in that place."
Members of the town council said they supported the proposals.