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Police question decision to relax licensing laws for royal wedding

Mon 24 Jan 2011

Thames Valley Police has warned that allowing pubs to stay open on the day of the royal wedding could create problems.

The government recently confirmed that pubs, bars and other licensed venues will be allowed to trade for an extra two hours on the day of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding and keep serving alcohol until 01:00.

However, licensing officer Tony Cope is concerned that a blanket extension of hours could make it difficult for the police to allocate resources effectively.

Speaking to the Banbury Cake (yes, the Banbury Cake!), he argued that in normal circumstances, the police would know which licensed premises intend to stay open and how many people these establishments would expect to serve.

However, Mr Cope said a small minority could "take advantage" of the relaxation of the rules on April 29th and cause trouble.

The decision to ease licensing restrictions on the day of the wedding has already been welcomed by the British Beer & Pub Association, which said this is "great news".

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