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Road closure cuts city disorder
Police say traffic restrictions in central Carlisle have reduced late-night disorder in the area.

Only emergency vehicles are being allowed onto a stretch of the city's Botchergate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The road has been a hotspot for alcohol-related disorder, with hundreds of pub-goers crammed into a small area.

Arrests were down following the closure, which was imposed for the first time last week, said police.

Restrictions run from The Crescent to Tait Street and also affect parts of Mary Street and Portland Place.

The closure comes into effect between 2100 GMT and 0500 GMT, and is due to run for 18 months.



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