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A plan has been floated to ban glass from all pubs and clubs in Edinburgh. Venues would be forced to ditch all glasses and pour the contents of...

A plan has been floated to ban glass from all pubs and clubs in Edinburgh.

Venues would be forced to ditch all glasses and pour the contents of bottles into plastic containers.

The plan, which was drawn up by Donald Urquhart, the head of Edinburgh City Council's anti-social behaviour division, aims to cut glassing attacks.

The number of attacks involving glasses and bottles inside pubs and clubs increased from 50 in 2004 to 70 in 2005, according to latest police figures.

Urquhart said: 'It might not completely eradicate the problem but it would certainly have a major impact, and for that reason alone it should be done.'

Scottish Licensed Trade Association secretary Colin Wilkinson criticised the plan.

'Where there are appropriate circumstances, if there's been problems in places before, then we would support [removing glass].

'But to have a wide ranging ban for every pub and club seems a wee bit much. We have to question what image that gives to the city.'

The proposal is set to be discussed by Edinburgh City Council's licensing board in the next few months.

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