Tuesday, January 03, 2006

When Only Criminals Have Glasses

Scotland moves to ban the bottle:

GLASSES and bottles face being banned from Edinburgh's pubs and clubs under plans to tackle the soaring number of violent attacks fuelled by drink.

Alcohol will have to be served in plastic containers or metal cans under the plans drawn up by city officials to make all licensed premises glass-free.

The move comes after the number of glass and bottle attacks in the city soared by 40 per cent last year.

A similar ban is about to be rolled out across Glasgow after a pilot scheme involving nightclubs was credited with bringing about a dramatic drop in the number of such incidents throughout the city centre.

But bar owners in Edinburgh have vehemently criticised the idea, saying the scheme is unnecessary, costly and will spoil the image of some of the Capital's upmarket bars.

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