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The people of Preston have a mixed feelings on whether 24 hour drinking will help ease the city's alcohol problem.

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Amelia Bailey 31/10/05 Drinking/1 The people of Preston have a mixed feelings on whether 24 hour drinking will help ease the city's alcohol problem. Most people interviewed disagree with plans to relax licensing laws to enable 24 hour drinking. Only two people gave a firm yes with one person unsure. Figures for England show that out of 1.4million crimes in the second quarter of 2005, 318,000 were alcohol related. These figures also show that of the violent crimes more than half are believed to have been drink-fuelled. This increase in drunken violence has prompted calls for the Government to halt the introduction of relaxed licensing laws which as many in Preston would argue will make matters worse. ...read more.

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Sheila Hill, aged 67, retired and living in Fulwood said: "You see the results of people drinking too much on television almost every day now. They're either causing trouble or getting in to it. This will just mean more disruption. It can be very frightening living on your own and seeing drunk people outside your home." M/F Amelia Bailey 31/10/05 Drinking/2 Others who disapprove of the proposal were Phil Anwyll and Nicola Griffiths, a bar worker, both 21 and students at the University of Central Lancashire. Megan Ram, 36, who said; "There's enough drunken yobs and crime without the influence of alcohol 24hours a day." ...read more.

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Also in favour is Amandeep Patel, who is 36 and a taxi driver. He said: "I know my job would be better if drinking was 24 hour. People will rush less to drink and not end up being sick in the back or getting aggressive." Not entirely convinced, Bryony, 21, Duty supervisor at Source Bar said: "It'll stop trouble here in the bar. Its hard chucking people out at 2.00am because they always drink loads, very fast when they have to leave so this way they'll take longer and possibly drink less. We won't make anymore money from it and personally I don't know if it's a good idea." It seems that Bryony's divided opinion on proposals for 24 hour drinking is representative of many people in Preston and perhaps also the rest of England. END ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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