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Issue:- Saturday Night, 12 December 2015

Headlines and reports on this page = 3 news items.    Page - 6.

Legislation preventing the sale of alcohol to drunk individuals has huge impact

A campaign to ensure people in Liverpool who are excessively drunk do not get served alcohol in pubs and bars in the City is proving to be a huge success, according to new research.

In 2013 a study by the Centre for Public Health, at Liverpool John Moore University, showed that in Liverpool 84% of attempts to purchase alcohol by actors pretending to be drunk were successful. This study was replicated in the City towards the end of November 2015,  and resulted in just 26% of the actor attempts being successful; a huge 58% reduction.

Crime figures show that 97% of people arrested for a violent offence after 11pm have been drinking and excessive drunkenness places a huge strain on public services such as the police, Ambulance staff and hospitals. To tackle the issue, a CitySafe initiative:- 'Drink Less Enjoy More' between Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police, and Liverpool NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, is being run aimed at reducing drunkenness in Liverpool City Centre.

Focusing on 18 to 30 year olds in particular, the campaign raises awareness of the 2003 licensing act, which states it is illegal to:-

► Buy alcohol for someone who is clearly drunk.

► For bar staff to serve someone who is clearly drunk.

Both offences are punishable with a fine of up to £1,000 and premises found to be serving people who are clearly drunk are also at risk of being stripped of their licence.

A social marketing campaign which includes radio and digital messaging, as well as outdoor advertising in bus stops by off licenses and universities, has been running since October 2015. In addition to providing information about the laws, it encourages young people to cut back on how much they drink at home before going out (so called preloading) as well as how much they consume when visiting bars, pubs and clubs.

The Council's Alcohol and Tobacco Unit staff run training sessions to support bar staff to confidently refuse service to someone who is clearly drunk. At the same time Merseyside Police are actively working with the licensed trade to ensure the laws are observed in Liverpool City Centre. Extra patrols are issuing warnings and if necessary fines to those found to be breaking these laws.

Through working in partnership with local bars and the extensive multi-media marketing campaign, Liverpool has significantly reduced the number of bars who serve alcohol to people who are drunk.

Superintendent Mark Wiggins from Merseyside Police said:- "Whilst we are really happy with the effect the intervention has had so far, the work doesn't stop there. We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that those bars who failed the testing by serving to drunks, take the necessary steps to make sure those mistakes don't happen again. Those that don't will be dealt with by the police and licensing authority. Although the majority of people go out in Liverpool for a good time and come home safe, some drink too much too early and get too drunk. It means they risk ruining the night for themselves and their friends as they will not get let into a pub or bar let alone served any more alcohol. Liverpool is a popular, vibrant City which offers a great night. Our message is clear: if you drink a little less you should actually have a far better and safer night out."

Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, said:- "We are very proud of what we have achieved through this multi partner approach. Liverpool is a great City and we want it to continue to be a place where people feel safe and can enjoy their night. It is hoped the intervention will reduce the number of people who require Ambulance and AandE support each weekend as a consequence of their alcohol consumption. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable night out, and encouraging people to not get excessively drunk will help ensure they can enjoy everything Liverpool nightlife has to offer."

Follow the campaign on Twitter @drinkless_enjoy.

Research reveals a streak of dishonesty among motorists

WOULD you ever deliberately damage someone's car? It may sound shocking but almost a of motorists in the North West have had their can vandalised, while even more have had their car bumped by someone who drove off without leaving their details, according to research by car insurance specialist Admiral.

Admiral found that many motorists appear to have questionable ethics when it comes to other people's property. 32% of people in the region have had their car vandalised at some time, although only 3% admit they have deliberately damaged someone else's car.

However many motorists in the north west have no qualms about driving off after bumping someone's car. 31% of those surveyed said they wouldn't necessarily leave their contact details if they hit a parked and unattended car and caused a small dent.

Admiral spokesperson, Justin Beddows commenting on the research said:- "It's shocking that so many people have had their damaged on purpose. Not only is it morally unacceptable, vandalism a criminal offence.  While some people may feel it's less serious to drive off without leaving their details following a bump, damaging someone's property and not owning up is still dishonest. Accidents happen, it's only fair to leave your details if you hit someone's car. For anyone questioning whether to leave their details after hitting a parked car, I'd ask, how would you feel if it happened to you?"

Plenty of the people Admiral surveyed said they have had their own car damaged without the person responsible owning up. 36% of people in the north west have had their car damaged by another motorist who drove off without leaving their details.

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