St Ives licensees rule out

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New Year wristband ban' Licensees in St Ives, Cornwall, have abandoned plans for a wristband scheme that would have excluded some revellers from busy...

New Year wristband ban' Licensees in St Ives, Cornwall, have abandoned plans for a wristband scheme that would have excluded some revellers from busy town centre pubs this New Year's Eve. Pubwatch members had discussed issuing wristbands to allow entry on the night only to regulars and holiday-makers. Mayor Harry Isaacs, who chaired the latest Pubwatch meeting, accused outsiders of bringing rucksacks filled with alcohol to drink in town centre pubs. He said it was causing health and safety problems, with glass bottles left in the town's streets ­ pubs in St Ives mostly serve drinks in plastic containers after 6pm, and off-licences try to restrict sales of glass bottles. But the group voted not to introduce the scheme at a meeting earlier this month, choosing instead to hire door staff to keep out anyone carrying a rucksack. Isaacs said: "New Year's Evein St Ives for the last five or six years has been very, very popular. We have no problem at all with having people here ­ we just don't want people to bring in booze from outside.

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