MP Welcomes New Crackdown on Drink Problems
Friday, November 25, 2005
Local MP Chris McCafferty is welcoming a new joint campaign between the Home Officer and Chief Constables to stamp down on alcohol-related problems.
Under the campaign, the Police and trading standards will target drunken yobs causing violence and disorder and those who break the law by selling alcohol to under 18s, at both on and off license premises. The Licensing Act came into force yesterday and provides officers with tough new powers to tackle disorder and close premises.
Launching the campaign nationally, Home Secretary Charles Clarke, said: "We are determined to crack down firmly on those who get drunk and cause misery to others - everyone has the right to enjoy a pleasant drink free from fear or intimidation. There already exist a wide range of powers from fixed penalty notices to orders to close pubs and nightclubs instantly for up to 24 hours. The Licensing Act will give the police even more power to close down problem bars and increase penalties for premises that sell to underage drinkers. The message is clear - go out, have good time and enjoy a drink. But if you are intent on causing trouble, be certain that you will receive at the very least a hefty fine and possibly a custodial sentence."
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