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Police target alcohol promotions

Generic night police patrols
Police say irresponsible promotions can lead to more drink-related crime

Bars and clubs which offer "all you can drink" promotions have been told they could face losing their licences by Devon and Cornwall Police.

According to police figures, 75% of night-time crime is drink related.

The force said it was "strongly opposed" to allowing young people to drink whatever they want.

The force has written to a number of premises telling them to stop irresponsible promotions or face losing their licence if there is disorder.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said the force intended to tackle the issue directly.

We don't want Torbay to be seen as the stag and hen party resort
Councillor Louisa Aiton, Torbay Council

"We accept people can go out and have fun and buy alcohol," he told BBC News.

"But not to drink as much as you like for £6 - its just unacceptable, irresponsible and we're taking a zero-tolerance approach to it."

The police initiative has the support of local authorities in the region.

"We don't want Torbay to be seen as the stag and hen party resort - we are a family resort," Councillor Louisa Aiton from Torbay Council said.

The Licensed Victuallers' Association has also backed the move, although it insisted most licensees were responsible.

Newquay wristbands

Devon and Cornwall Police said although the promotions were not illegal, if they continued and resulted in disorder, clubs and bars would face intensive policing and the threat of have their licence removed.

Meanwhile in a further bid to tackle anti-social drinking behaviour in the Cornish resort of Newquay, licensees have withdrawn their support for a wristband scheme which allows wearers access to discounted entry and free drinks.

The Newquay Association of Licensed Premises (NALP) said sales of the wristbands did not enhance or contribute positively to business.

The move has been welcomed by Devon and Cornwall Police.



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