Britons fear longer pub opening

Almost two-thirds of Britons believe extended pub opening hours will make the country a worse place to live. According to a BBC poll, 67 per cent of the population think anti-social behaviour will increase with 24-hour opening, due later in 2005. The government has said disorderly pubs will get ‘yellow card’ warnings, before being forced to fund extra policing to protect residents from drunken customers. Police and trading standards officers will also have the power to ban premises from selling alcohol 24 hours a day if there is evidence that they sell it to under 18s.