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Lambeth midnight alcohol ban

Lambeth Council could use new laws to stop nightclubs and bars serving alcohol after midnight Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

In a London first Lambeth Council could use new laws to stop nightclubs and bars in part of the borough serving alcohol after midnight.

A public consultation will get the views of local residents and businesses to help understand the impact of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and public nuisance linked to three specific venues in Clapham.

The outcome may result in them facing the new restrictions under the capital’s first early morning alcohol restriction order.

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£100,000 of booze stolen in warehouse raid

Police are appealing for witnesses after the raid Credit: Rueters

Alcoholic drinks worth up to £100,000 have been stolen in a raid on a warehouse.

The booze, including spirits and wine, was taken from Montine Foods in Rochford some time overnight between June 6 and 7, Essex Police said today.

The thieves made off with the cases of drink, worth between £50,000 and £100,000, using a green Ford Iveco van they stole from the site on the Purdeys Way industrial estate.

PC Jon Bygrave, said: "The green Ford Iveco belongs to the food company and had been parked inside the unit.

"The criminals would have been at the unit for some time and would have created a degree of noise.

"We're appealing for anyone who heard or saw suspicious activity on the estate in the darker hours of last Thursday night or Friday morning to come forward."

Wealthy London women more likely to be boozers

According to new research, females living in affluent areas of London like Knightsbridge, Totteridge and Hampstead are twice as likely as the national average to drink too much and suffer from depression or mental illness.

Two women chatting over a glass of wine. Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Many of these women live in multi-million pound houses and take home six-figure salaries. The only types of people showing higher cases of mental illness or depression are the ones living in highrise flats, the elderly in social housing and young renters. The research was carried out by CACI.

Minimum alcohol price "regressive", says Boris

London Mayor Boris Johnson with David Cameron Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

London Mayor Boris Johnson has once again found himself at odds with David Cameron - this time over alcohol pricing. The mayor claims that the poorest would be hit hardest by Government proposals to set a base price of 50 pence per unit of alcohol.

He has said that alcohol ban zones on some of London's high streets had worked very well, and that a move towards a minimum price per unit would be 'regressive' and would not tackle the problem of excessive drinking.

The Prime Minister though insists that his proposals “wouldn’t really affect family budgets, but would deal with this problem of very aggressive deep discounting and some binge drinking”.

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