MP welcomes crackdown on drink-fuelled disorder
PUBLISHED: 21:00 08 December 2010
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PUBS and clubs in Weston and Worle wanting to stay open longer will face heavier financial charges under new Government legislation.
Whitehall is changing the Licensing Act to crack down on drink-fuelled crime and disorder.
Last week, Home Secretary Theresa May said councils would be allowed to charge more for late-night licences to help fund the town policing.
It comes as figures released by charity Alcohol Concern rank North Somerset as 70th out of 152 authorities for having the lowest rate of drink-attributed violent crimes.
Weston MP John Penrose welcomed the Government announcement, adding he hoped the move would improve nightlife in town’s such as Weston.
He said: “Although the new figures show that North Somerset isn’t suffering too badly overall from alcohol, everyone knows there can be a fine line between a lively, entertaining town centre with plenty of atmosphere and great nightlife, and somewhere which feels a little dangerous.
“For somewhere like central Weston, it’s essential we stay on the right side of that line so people can enjoy themselves and keep coming back to visit our town.
“The police, council and responsible landlords have all been working hard to tackle the problem and deal with the relatively small number of trouble spots.
“These changes should give them stronger and better tools to get the job done.”
The figures released by Alcohol Concern also ranked North Somerset as 106th for alcohol-attributable male deaths, 15th for female deaths and third for sexual offences.