Scottish trade seeks legal review of Glasgow glass ban

By James Wilmore

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The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has launched a legal challenge to the ban on glass in Glasgow's pubs and clubs. The organisation is...

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has launched a legal challenge to the ban on glass in Glasgow's pubs and clubs.

The organisation is seeking a judicial review of Glasgow Licensing Board's glass ban, which was introduced earlier this year.

Patrick Browne, chief executive of the SBPA, said: "We accept that the licensing board is acting in good faith in trying to address the issue of 'glassing' incidents in the city but we believe the board is acting outside of its powers under Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976."

The ban, which means drinks have to be served in plastic or toughened glasses, is currently in place in all venues with entertainment licences and is set to be rolled out to all the city's pubs by the end of the year.

Mr Browne added: "The industry is in full support of policies designed to target and tackle the violent thugs who use glass as a weapon but we believe that the use of plastic bottles or toughened glass is best determined on a premises by premises basis where problems exist, and not across the board."

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