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Lollipops to stop noisy revellers
Pint of Guinness and lollipops in a pub (picture by Paul Reid)
Research has shown lollipops help to pacify drinkers
Lollipops are being given to festive clubbers and pub-goers in a Surrey town in the hope it will stop people being noisy or rowdy late at night.

The initiative is being run by the Safer Guildford Partnership over the Christmas and New Year period.

Drunken revellers are encouraged to shut up by sucking on a lollipop.

Insp John Paul Davis, of Surrey police, said: "Other forces across the country have tried this approach and it has been remarkably successful."

Efforts to keep the peace in Guildford also include police officers on buses, and taxi marshals in North Street to ensure people can get a cab home safely.

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