HEALTH & SAFETY
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Serious violent crime has dropped by more than a fifth since the new Licensing Act was introduced, according to official figures. The Home Office statistics challenge the popular press concerns that the new laws would mean drink-fuelled chaos on Britain’s streets. The figures show that serious violent crime was 21 per cent lower in the last three months of 2005, while total violent crime was down 11 per cent. The number of woundings fell by 14 per cent. This included a six-week period when the police were given £2.5m to target alcohol-related crime. However these are Home Office figures and it might be prudent to take these with a ‘pinch of salt’ as UK Government statistics are currently difficult to rely on, particularly when used to justify Government policy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/09/ndrink09.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/02/09/ixhome.html

http://www.thepublican.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=19758&d=32&h=24&f=23&dateformat=%25o%20%25B%20%25Y

And see MusicLaw Updates Archive January 2006