Britain's top cop calls for fewer pubs and licensing reform

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

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Britain’s most senior police officer has said councils should seek to limit the number of pubs in their area to combat alcohol fuelled disorder.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said 80% of arrests in the evening were drink related and more had to be done to control the supply alcohol.

He urged councils to disregard the positive impact of pubs and the late-night sector on their economies and consider the wider implications of the availability of alcohol.

In a speech to the Royal Society of Arts in London​, on the future of policing, Hogan-Howe said one solution might be to restrict the number of places where people could buy alcohol.


He said: “We need to make sure there is good control of the supply of alcohol. This means licence numbers, density and licensee-regulation being a priority for local authorities, however much they would like to develop their local economies.

“We know that many injuries occur inside or outside licensed premises, and if we can close down repeat offenders, we will.

“But do we really need as many licensed premised chasing limited business. The system needs reform and we need to police it better.”

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What a fool.

Posted by,

Time for the Police to wake up and see the light.just have a look when you go shopping there is more alcohol stock in one supermarket then there is in 4 or 5 pubs. if they can not see it they should not comment on things they do not know about.FIND OUT THE TRUE FACTS 1ST.and stop bashing the ENGLISH PUB.

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I totally agree

Posted by Richard,

I totally agree with all of the other comments so far posted, surely more local smaller pubs reduce the problems which tend to occur when larger numbers gather in Super Pubs.
Police the shops that are selling quantities of alcohol too cheaply without any knowledge of who will be drinking it.

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Britain's publicans call for fewer Out-of-Touch "Top" cops and Police Reform

Posted by John Ellis,

With some 75% of alcohol coming from Supermarkets, corner shops and (amazingly) petrol stations, there is no control over alcohol supply or consumption. It's easy to tell the Royal Society of Arts (What the hell have they got to do with alcohol consumption??) that pubs need to be controlled, especially just before the Budget and the General Election. Then, when the budget and (maybe) the election don't go the way you want, you can say "I told you so" and have an easy excuse for not getting the funding / laws / priorities you want.

This is a perfect example of an apologist getting his excuses in first!

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