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A 20-year-old Bromsgrove woman has been slapped with a drinking banning order (DBO) which prevents her from drinking or buying alcohol anywhere in England and Wales.

Laura Hall had already been barred from all of her Worcestershire home town's watering holes when Kidderminster Magistrates' Court imposed the order, which will run until April 2012 at the earliest.

The DBO was introduced in September last year "a measure to prevent individuals who are causing alcohol-related disorder from entering specified licensed premises", the Telegraph explains.

West Mercia police's Sgt David Roberts said of Hall's Boozbo: "While there have been some drinking banning orders issued already since their introduction last year, this is the first to be issued on a nationwide basis and it effectively bans Laura Hall from drinking or buying alcohol in any licensed premises across the whole of England and Wales.

"We chose to use this new legislation as a way of helping address Laura's offending behaviour, and we very much hope that rather than seeing it as a punishment, she will use it as an opportunity to get her life back on track."

However, the Sun - which has snaps of a fuelled-up Hall here - notes a fatal flaw in the blanket DBO. Rachel Seabrook of the Institute of Alcohol Studies told the paper: "How can a police officer in Wales know this woman has been banned if she turns up in his town?" ®

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