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Trouble prone Cumbrian pubs and clubs face shutdown

Cumbria's crime commissioner says a temporary closure of pubs and clubs that serve underage drinkers would make landlords “sit up and take notice”.

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Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Richard Rhodes officially taking

Richard Rhodes wants to look at the possibility of powers to shut bars and nightspots that breached the law as part of an overall examination of the effects of alcohol abuse.

“If you found that drink was being sold to kids underage and you had the capacity to shut the place down for 72 hours then people would sit up and take notice,” he added.

Mr Rhodes, who was elected the county’s first police and crime commissioner in November, added misuse of drink was one of the major factors in causing crime.

“Eighty per cent of the people who are sent to A&E on a Friday and Saturday night are alcohol-related,” he said.

“The facts of it are that the police spend a huge amount mopping these people up. Domestic violence, it is all about alcohol.

“A good proportion of the kids who might get picked up have already been drinking at home, they have been pre-loading.”

Mr Rhodes was speaking as he prepared to begin his first calendar year in the new role, which gives him power to hire and fire chief constables, set policing priorities and force budgets.

He was voted in as police and crime commissioner in a shake-up that saw him replace the previous body that oversaw the county constabulary, Cumbria Police Authority.

Mr Rhodes has previously said that tackling the underlying causes of crime, such as alcohol, was among his priorities, adding he was working with the county force on developing a “sensible” alcohol strategy.

He said another vital part of reducing crime was working to stop youngsters ending up in court, adding he believed more had to be done to educate parents.

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Hardly a decent pub in Carlisle

Posted by anon on 4 January 2013 at 16:08

Its obvious to any body who goes out in Workington that the pubs are wick with underage, why don't the Police just do their job and sort it out.
Why the need for Mr Rhodes,

Posted by Jon Jenkins on 4 January 2013 at 15:54

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