UK pubs badly hit by fears of terrorist attacks

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Pubs in the UK have been badly hit by fears of terrorist attacks, following the World Trade Center attacks and the discovery of anthrax in the United...

Pubs in the UK have been badly hit by fears of terrorist attacks, following the World Trade Center attacks and the discovery of anthrax in the United States.

Although health officials have urged people not to panic about the threat of an anthrax attack, false alarms in the London Stock Exchange and Westminster as well as in Liverpool, St Andrews and Belfast, have added to public concern.

A survey​ on thePublican.com found that 50 per cent of licensees have experienced a drop in trade since September 11. Of those, half said their pubs were "significantly quieter".

Anti-war demonstrations have also been causing problems.

Raoul de Vaux, licensee of the Red Lion in Parliament Street, London, close to the Houses of Parliament, said there were demonstrations on a daily basis.

"Usually when there are demonstrations we get a spin-off increase in trade but that's not happening," he said.

He said trade had been down since September 11 but it was difficult to pinpoint the reason.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "We would advise publicans to observe even more caution than usual, look out for suspect packages, and report anything that seems suspicious."

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