Newcastle clubbers 'could need photo ID'

Vera Baird Vera Baird said the plan would help reduce underage drinking

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Drinkers in Newcastle could have to provide photo identification before being allowed into nightclubs and bars, the area's police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird said the plan to scan passports, driving licences or proof of age cards would make venues safer.

Receipts from the city's late night levy may be used to fund the scheme.

Ms Baird said the "useful tool" would help reduce crime.

"Newcastle has a vibrant night-time economy with thousands of people visiting every weekend and our aim is for people to be able to have fun, but do it safely," the Labour PCC said.

"One of the ideas we are considering is a system of electronic door entry and we are working with businesses in the city centre to decide which premises will benefit most from this type of equipment."

Northumbria Police said licensees were supportive of the idea.

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