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Southampton council consider 'late night levy' for venues

Southampton City Council is considering a late night levy which would charge venues that serve alcohol after midnight up to £4,500.

Money raised would go towards covering the costs of policing, with 70% of the funds raised going to the city's police force and 30% going to the authority.

Some residents have complained of anti-social behaviour in areas with a high concentration of late-night venues, but some pub owners said the charge was unnecessary and could lead to closures.

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