Bars where all drinkers stand up should go, say police


Police say new licensing powers to stop the growth of "vertical drinking establishments" in Derby will help to reduce violence linked to binge drinking.

Insp Steve Fairbrother, of Derbyshire Police, said these venues, where people mostly stand up to drink, encouraged irresponsible drinking and increased alcohol-related crime.

The police claim Derby has the fifth highest concentration of pubs and bars in the UK. It said about 30 out of about 150 licensed premises were "vertical drinking" bars.

Derby City Council also has powers to challenge and block new applications for bars in the city.

Mike O'Sullivan reports.

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