Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drunken Disorder under Spotlight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drunken Disorder under Spotlight

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HE may have retired. But it would appear the legacy of Northumbria Police's former chief Mike Craik lives on in the policies of Cameron and Clegg's Lib-Con coalition.

Mr Craik infamously launched the Party's Over campaign in the region to crackdown on drunken disorder.

Now the Prime Minister and his deputy have made their own promise to tackle drink-related ills, by banning supermarkets and off-licences from selling cheap booze.

The ban on selling alcohol below cost price will be coupled with a review into 24-hour drinking laws.

It is just one of the details unveiled in Cameron and Clegg's historic coalition deal.

Insisting they found enough common ground to stay in power for five years, they also revealed help could be on hand if you're a small businessman struggling to get a bank loan. State-owned banks like Northern Rock will get lending targets - although it could return to its building society roots.

But you won't be paying in Euros, with the pound staying with us. Red tape will be slashed, alongside more competitive tax rates and a quarter of Government contracts going to smaller firms.

An end to the "big brother" state is promised with ID cards axed, children not fingerprinted at schools, unless parents agree, and use of CCTV and the national DNA database curbed.

Council tax will be frozen for at least a year, but that could spark fears of future hikes and service cuts to pay for it. And elected city mayors like London's Boris Johnson could be on the way for the North East.

Have-a-go heroes are promised greater protection, but elected local police chiefs could prove controversial. Monthly data on local crimes will be published, while unnecessary health and safety laws will go.

Private firms will be brought in to cut reoffending, while a sentencing review will be launched. Fighting anti-social behaviour will remain a priority.

There will be an annual cap on economic migrants from outside the European Union (EU) with a border police force. But citizens of fully-fledged EU states like Poland can still freely come here.

NHS spending will rise every year, with administration costs slashed. …

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