Plans outlined to close Barrow pubs and clubs early
Last updated at 08:52, Wednesday, 23 April 2014
AGENCIES have issued a letter to licensees in Barrow outlining their plans to close night spots at 2am during the week and 3am at weekends.
The plans to close the town’s clubs and bars early have been announced to create a safer environment for people to enjoy their nights out.
The proposed changes would be for a trial period of 12 months and would involve the variation of licence conditions at no cost to licence holders.
The aim of this initiative is to reduce the current level of crime and disorder in Barrow town centre which police say has increased recently.
The letter was signed by Superintendent Mark Pannone of Cumbria Constabulary, the chief executive of Barrow Borough Council, the chair of the Barrow Community Partnership and Richard Rhodes, Cumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner.
The letter said: “We believe that pubs and clubs have a part to play in ensuring that Barrow remains a safe place at night.
“Violence is increasing at night and one key change that would prevent people becoming victims and being safer, would be for pubs and clubs to shut earlier.
“It is proposed that premises shut at 2am in the week and 3am at weekends. We believe that this balances licensed premises’ ability to make a profit with preventing alcohol related disorder going on throughout the night.”
First published at 14:15, Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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So, because the minority can't behave, we punish everyone? Makes no sense. This will only drive people out of town to Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool or even Carlisle where police work closely with private security.They could "prevent people becoming victims" by locking up the people who commit these crimes and making the punishments more punitive. If you smack someone outside a pub you get a paltry fine which isn't even a slap on the wrist.Do the same thing in a football ground and you get a three year ban and possible prison time.If barwatch was run properly, this wouldn't be an issue. Saying that Barwatch has no credibility as it failed to ban a head of Barrow LVA Mike Fallon who was convicted of assault on a licensed premises!
A move long overdue
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