In the Media

Police warn over later pub hours

PUBLISHED May 11, 2004

Relaxing licensing laws could lead to an increase in violent crime, the country's most senior police officers have warned.

The government argues that allowing pubs and bars to stay open longer will help curb the binge drinking blamed for an 11% rise in violent offences.
But the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) says alcohol and drugs are recurrent themes in violent crime.