Borehamwood in Hertfordshire and Greenwich in London have introduced no-alcohol zones in an effort to reduce public drunkenness. Hertsmere Council will introduce the alcohol-free zone in Borehamwood town centre from 31 January, while Greenwich Council, in south-east London, has already introduced the measure. Police officers and police community service officers will have the power to confiscate alcohol from anyone drinking on the street. Failure to obey an officer could result in arrest, while persistent offenders could be liable for prosecution and a fine of up to £500. Greenwich and Borehamwood follow Croydon, Brighton, Stoke and Newquay in banning town centre boozing. Hertsmere Council said if the scheme proved a success it could be rolled out to other town centres across the borough such as Potters Bar, Radlett and Bushey.