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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Britain changes pub laws to combat crime and "binge&quo

[b]Britain changes pub laws to combat crime and "binge" drinking[/b]

By Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

[b]London 25 November ( [/b]Tipplers in England and Wales were streaming out of pubs and restaurant early this morning as new drinking laws went into operation in a dubious exercise to bring law and order to the streets.

The new drinking laws that allow pubs and restaurants authorised by local authorities to remain open 24-hours became operative at midnight with the government hoping that crime on the streets would be reduced and guzzling drinks before closing time leading to drunkenness would stop.

All this time pubs had to close by 11 pm. But the new laws allow pub and restaurant owners to apply for licences to extend the hours they remain open to service the public.

Over 60,000 establishments serving alcoholic drinks have applied and received permission to operate longer hours.

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