Shopkeepers urged not to sell single beer cans to stop loutishness

Streatham Guardian: Councillor Jack Hopkins, police officers Blazej Slowik, Jed Scarry and shopkeeper Mohammed Ismail. Councillor Jack Hopkins, police officers Blazej Slowik, Jed Scarry and shopkeeper Mohammed Ismail.

Rowdy street drinkers were targeted in Streatham as police and a councillor encouraged off-licence owners to stop selling single beer cans.

Off-licences are being asked to join a new scheme by agreeing to not sell single cans in a bid to cut drunkenness.

The move is part of a push to deal with aggressive street drinkers who intimidate or threaten people especially around Streatham High Road, Mitcham Lane, Greyhound Road and Gleneagle Road.

Yesterday, a group of councillors and the police went along the high road to encourage retailers to join the 25 off-licences that have already signed up to Responsible Retail Agreements (RRA).

Councillor Jack Hopkins, cabinet member for public protection, said: "Residents are sick and tired of problems caused by street drinkers in Streatham and are overwhelmingly supportive of the steps we are taking to tackle the issue."

Lambeth police’s inspector Nick Fallowfield said: "We have been taking measures through our licensing team and with the local authority to resolve the problems our residents face, while supporting those who have an addiction through the outreach workers."

The council’s licensing sub-committee recently included a ban on selling single cans as a condition of the licences of some shops.

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10:13am Fri 31 Aug 12

Jedihomer says...

Excellent... I'll have two cans then :-/
Excellent... I'll have two cans then :-/ Jedihomer
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11:04am Fri 31 Aug 12

trasie says...

These yobs will just go and buy a six pack and drink together. Pretty soon they'll be telling the shopkeepers not to sell alcohol at all, which is probably 50% of their sales. The police should put more police on the streets near these late night shops as a matter of course. Most of the yobs will be known to the police and will probably stay away anyway.
These yobs will just go and buy a six pack and drink together. Pretty soon they'll be telling the shopkeepers not to sell alcohol at all, which is probably 50% of their sales. The police should put more police on the streets near these late night shops as a matter of course. Most of the yobs will be known to the police and will probably stay away anyway. trasie
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10:34am Sat 1 Sep 12

JammyDodger99 says...

They haven't really thought this one through have they. Although I do like Jack and his bunch of chums looking suitably serious.

They should try that at the Polski Sklep. Although I think the one can of booze is a mere apéritif.
They haven't really thought this one through have they. Although I do like Jack and his bunch of chums looking suitably serious. They should try that at the Polski Sklep. Although I think the one can of booze is a mere apéritif. JammyDodger99
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