Change will help fight crime ­ BII

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The British Institute of Innkeeping has welcomed the end of the UK's "archaic licensing laws" as a weapon in the fight against yob culture. It was...

The British Institute of Innkeeping has welcomed the end of the UK's "archaic licensing laws" as a weapon in the fight against yob culture. It was "keen to set the record straight" in response to criticism of the proposed bill from the anti-alcohol lobby. "Far from adding to problems of violence and disorder, we believe that staggered closing will help curb alcohol-related crime and discourage the so-called yob culture' that has sprung up in the UK," said chief executive John McNamara. The BII pointed to the Isle of Man, where introducing a more relaxed regime had seen a "very positive reduction" in such problems. And the same was true across mainland Europe. But the institute stressed re-form was not about pubs opening 24 hours a day. "It's rather that licensees can choose to open when their customers want them to." The BII predicted that many pubs would typically opt for only an extra hour or two, while others may decide to open for breakfast and close mid-afternoon.

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