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London Clubs To Breathalyse Partygoers In Drink-Related Violence Crackdown

30/01/2015 15:24 GMT | Updated 30/01/2015 15:59 GMT
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In this photo taken Tuesday March 20, 2012, people dance during the Lunch Beat event at a cultural center in central Stockholm. Lunch Beat events are held monthly in Stockholm to crowds of hundreds where organizers say the party starts at noon and goes on for one hour. There is no alcohol, which means there's a different ambiance compared to nighttime clubbing. (AP Photo/Kirsten Thyberg Eddyson)

Clubs across London are to trial breathalysing partygoers in an attempt to crack down on drink-related violence, it has been revealed.

Metropolitan Police are partnering with venues in the capital to launch the pilot test, which will see bouncers breath test clubbers on the door - and bar them from entering if they are more than twice the drink driving limit.

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Chief Inspector Gary Taylor said: "They have told us that it did help reduce violence and confrontations involving door staff. The breathalyser helped to stop people who were persistently trying to get into clubs when they clearly had to too much to drink.

"The breathalyser helps to reduce the number of arguments when door staff refuse entry to someone who is intoxicated. In the past door staff would get involved in long arguments with people who were refused entry. People who were arguing with staff were more likely to accept the results of the breathalyser."

Some, however, are not so pleased at the news..

Students' unions have already trialled breathalysing on the doors of their nightclubs as a means of tackling irresponsible drinkers.

Following the announcement Loughborough Students' Union would be introducing the pilot, president Robert Whittaker said: "We’re keen to experiment with any good practice for running licensed premises. The only way to see if this measure is effective is to experiment with it.

"We know that in Norfolk the police helped with equipment and training and we will ask for the same help here. Working in partnership with the police and licensing authorities."