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News - 8 July 2004
|An end to the Happy Hour|
Brighton selected for blitz on alcohol crime
Brighton is one of 77 areas across England to be selected for a police blitz against alcohol related crime and disorder. The campaign, initiated by the Home Office, will focus on those who sell alcohol to under 18's, bars and clubs who promote irresponsible and rowdy behaviour, and drunken yobs who cause violence on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Tackling alcohol-related disorder is a priority in the selected areas and Police, along with Trading Standards, will use tough enforcement measures to take action against irresponsible drinkers and vendors who are fuelling anti-social behaviour. The powers they will use include:
- closing rowdy premises for 24 hours;
- issuing £40 fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly;
- using under 18s for sting operations in off licences, supermarkets, bars and clubs; and
- naming and shaming off licences, bars and clubs after conviction.
Over the course of the eight-week campaign, which will end after the August bank holiday, the Police Standards Unit in the Home Office will collate data on the number of enforcement actions taken. It is hoped that by nailing, naming and shaming the bars that repeatedly offend a culture change will emerge where it will be less acceptable to get drunk and behave in an anti-social or violent manner.
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