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Police warn pubs over 1 spirits

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Police believe drinks promotions cause bad behaviour

Pubs and clubs in a Leicestershire town are being urged not to sell cut-price alcohol, as part of a police campaign to discourage bad behaviour.

Venues in Loughborough are being asked to keep drinks prices above £1.50.

Sgt Andy Thornley said "irresponsible" promotions, in which spirits are sold for as little as £1, can cause young people to drink too much and misbehave.

The officer also warned that bars running irresponsible drinks promotion "could face action and penalties".

'Binge-drinking'

"Cheap drinks encourage [bad] behaviour and we are keen to bring landlords on board with our campaign," Sgt Thornley said.

"We are talking to the owners and managers of licensed venues in the town to encourage them to keep their drinks above £1.50.

"Irresponsible drinks promotions, which offer spirits for as little as £1, can encourage young people to drink too much too fast and that often, and can lead to problems later in the evening.

"Loughborough is a great place to spend a night out and enjoys a safe and vibrant night-time economy, but inevitably there are a minority of people who drink too much and behave badly.

"Clearly it is not illegal to offer cheap drinks; however, Charnwood Borough Council's licensing policy encourages the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol.

"Bars running irresponsible drinks promotions could face action and penalties if it's proved that cheap drinks promotions lead to an increase in crime and disorder associated with binge-drinking."

Councillor David Snartt, chairman of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership, said: "I support the police's stance on cheap drink promotions because they do fuel crime and disorder, in fact, I would like to see proper legislation to stop pubs and shops dropping their prices below a certain level."

During the Safer Summer campaign, police said they would be enforcing the town's "no drinking zone" by confiscating alcohol from people ignoring regulations on consuming alcohol in public.



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