Dominion Post 14 June 2013
Restricting entry to Wellington’s central city bars after 1am could be part of the “single biggest crime prevention opportunity” the city has seen in years, police say.
Trouble-seekers were attracted to central city bars like “moths to a flame”, and reducing their hours would instantly reduce alcohol-related harm, Wellington area commander Inspector Chris Scahill told city councillors yesterday.
But the hospitality industry disagreed, saying 75 per cent of alcohol was sold off-premise and that pre-loading before arriving in town was the problem.
Industry representatives told councillors that reducing hours would increase harm, pushing mobs of people out on to the streets and damaging the capital’s reputation as a vibrant city.