Police use security firm to clamp down on nighttime drinking

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Police use security firm to clamp down on nighttime drinking
6th November 2014

A private security firm is being employed by to help police cope with night time revellers in Islington.

Security workers from Parkguard are set to attend incidents in bars and clubs across the borough supporting police.

Islington Council already employs the firm to look after its gardens but will now be employing them to assist police from Thursday to Sunday evenings.

It said the firm is an “extra presence” and not replacing police work. It’s the first borough in London to take the step to manage nightlife.

This week’s Big Question will also be exploring how other councils are managing London’s night time economy.

The owner of Vibe Bar in Brick Lane said council licensing rules have forced his bar to shut down. Alan Miller told London Live the way councils and licensing authorities “clamp down” on venues is “unproductive” and a problem for the capital’s night time economy.

Anthony Baxter explains more.

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