Edinburgh is the latest local authority in Scotland to ban drinking alcohol in public places....
Edinburgh is the latest local authority in Scotland to ban drinking alcohol in public places.
Justice minister Cathy Jamieson today gave the go-ahead, making the Scottish capital the 28th council to have a ban.
She said: 'Of course Edinburgh is a major international cultural and tourist attraction. We need to ensure that there is a balance struck between providing amenities and attractions for visitors and ensuring a good quality of life for those living here.'
The drinking byelaw makes it an offence to consume alcohol in a public place if asked to stop by the police. A£500 fine can arise after conviction.