Banning discounted alcohol is welcomed

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POLICE hope banning the sale of cut-price alcohol will reduce anti-social behaviour in Hampshire.

The government is banning the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT from April 6.

It means legislation will prevent businesses from selling alcohol at heavily discounted prices, with the hope it will reduce alcohol-related health and crime problems.

It has been welcomed by Hampshire Constabulary.

Superintendent Stuart Murray said: ‘We welcome this new legislation and the impact we anticipate it will have on crime figures across the force area.

‘Issues like anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking are a big concern for communities across Hampshire and this new pricing structure for alcohol will help to address some of them at the point of sale.

‘We will be active in enforcing the legislation across the force area and will be actively engaging with licensees and partner agencies to ensure that it is adhered to.’