Alcohol law change welcomed

By a County Press reporter

Friday, April 4, 2014


LEGISLATION to tackle excessive drinking has been welcomed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight police.

The new rules come into force on Sunday and will mean it is illegal to sell alcohol below the cost of duty, plus VAT.

The government hopes it will prevent selling alcohol at heavily discounted prices, reducing the impact on health issues and alcohol-related crime.

The legislation will be enforced by local authorities including licensing authorities, Trading Standards and the police.

Supt Stuart Murray said: "We welcome this new legislation and the impact we anticipate that it will have on crime figures across the force area. Issues like anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking are a big concern for communities across Hampshire and this new pricing structure for alcohol will help to address some of them at the point of sale.

"We will be active in enforcing the legislation across the force area and will be actively engaging with licensees and partner agencies to ensure that it is adhered to."

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