Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal: A Problem Which Must Be Solved

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal: A Problem Which Must Be Solved

Article excerpt

NORTHUMBRIA Police Chief Constable Mike Craik says what he thinks - and many people will agree with his latest thoughts on drink-related crime.

Unfortunately, on this occasion the odds were always stacked against him.

Looking for the age of which people can buy alcohol to be raised to 21 is a big ask - considering this government's record on the issue.

It was Tony Blair's Government which gave us the "relaxed" drinking laws that make a weekend shift anything but for Mr Craik's officers.

He did however spark a debate at Newcastle City Council over whether to ask the Government to up the drinking age from 18.

He also called on the council to increase the number of designated no-drinking zones across the city.

He came away with an undertaking that the council would adopt a rigorous approach to licensing enforcement.

But - while people may be miles apart on what to do about the problem of drink-related crime and violence - Mr Craik is right when he says "something has to change". …

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