THE byelaw that bans drinking in public in Glasgow has been reviewed.

And councillors are being asked to keep the law in place.

The local law in place since 1996 is subject to a review every ten years and the latest recommendation to to continue the ban.

In 2008 the law was amended to include an offence of being in possession of an open container containing alcohol.

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Police Scotland said the byelaw has been a “great assistance” in combatting violence, disorder and underage drinking. The force recommended it should be retained.

Police said “the open consumption of alcohol in public places has virtually been eradicated in the Glasgow City area.”.

A household survey also found support for keeping the ban with 83% of those who responded supported the ban and only 9% opposed it.

People in the south of the city were more supportive of the ban.

Some believed there should be some exemptions including for large outdoor evens, in parks and green spaces and for festivals and concerts.

However the council said that for outdoor festivals and concerts organisers can and do apply for an occasional licence for the sale of alcohol.

Councillors are expected to approve the recommendation to keep the byelaw.