December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Councillors want supermarkets and off-licences selling cheap alcohol to contribute to the cost of caring for people who have had too much to drink on a night out.
Members of Colchester Council’s crime and disorder committee have tabled a motion that all licensed premises in the borough be written to with a request that they make a financial contribution to the town’s SOS Bus.
The vehicle is parked on the High Street on weekend nights and staffed by volunteers who offer medical and personal help to revellers.
The initiative is regarded as a vital resource in easing the pressure on police and A&E services during peak hours. Independent councillor Gerard Oxford said the idea came about after police reports showed there was a problem with people “pre-loading” on cheap drinks at home prior to going out.
“In some cases, people have been arrested for being too drunk on their way into town before they even get to any of the pubs or clubs,” he said.