London 2012 Olympics: Government should "look kindly" on extending pub hours for key events

By Michelle Perrett

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London 2012 Olympics: Government should "look kindly" on extending pub hours for key events
The Government should “look kindly” at the case for extending pub opening hours for key national events, argues the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) chief executive Brigid Simmonds.

Simmonds said that police concerns about an increase in anti-social behaviour due to pubs opening late during the Olympics had been proved to be unfounded.

The police and Home Office refused to consider a total relaxation of licensing hours for the Olympics as it did with the Royal Wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, citing concerns that later opening hours would cause an extra strain on stretched resources.

The BBPA will be taking the pub industry’s case to the Home Office, Simmonds confirmed.

Simmonds said: “Her Majesty’s Jubilee, the Euros and now London 2012 have proved our point. Pubs can be at the heart of celebrations without the need for further licensing restrictions. Extended hours, where they have been granted, have been a huge help and we have not seen the often-predicted increase in anti-social behaviour that our critics are quick to assume will result from giving pubs the chance to open longer to
get the party started.

“We will be taking the lessons learnt to the Home Office to ensure that police authorities and local councils are fully aware of the positive impact of extended hours when they next have the opportunity to review licensing arrangements for major national celebrations.”

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