Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pubs Must Call Time at 11 on Games Visitors

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pubs Must Call Time at 11 on Games Visitors

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Byline: Jonathan Prynn and Matthew Beard

LATE-drinking licences are being banned during the Olympics because police do not have enough officers to deal with any extra trouble, the Standard has learned.

Millions of visitors will be unable to enjoy a late-night meal or a drink in London next summer after ministers ruled out allowing all licensed premises to stay open until 1am, as they did after the royal wedding in April -- when pubs took an extra [pounds sterling]600 million.

Police chiefs have told ministers they do not want the extra burden of patrolling high streets in the early hours when they are already at full stretch.

The decision has infuriated tourism and business leaders who warned that the capital risks being cast as the "party pooper" host with most pubs and bars closing at 11pm.

But ministers judged that police are too busy to deal with hundreds of thousands of people pouring out of pubs and bars at 1am all over London. …

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