Clubbers in South West London may face breathalyser tests before being allowed into pubs and clubs as police clamp down on booze-fuelled brawls.
The scheme was piloted at two late night venues in Croydon over weekends in the run up to Christmas as police and club owners joined forces to reduce alcohol-related violence.
The initiative allows doormen to refuse entry to intoxicated punters and the limit for testing positive will be approximately double the legal drink driving limit.
The Metropolitan Police were encouraged by the initial results and are hopeful that the scheme could have a positive impact on the night-time economy.
A spokesperson said: “Early anecdotal evidence suggests the trial had positive results with the venues very supportive of the devices.
“Fewer altercations caused by intoxicated customers attempting to gain entry were reported and consequently there was a reduction in the potential for alcohol related disorder.”
Police highlighted Croydon centre as a hot spot for alcohol-fuelled violence and the scheme, which is likely to be extended across the capital, is aiming to reduce antisocial behaviour.
Violent crime in Croydon rose by 24% in the last year – there were 8,300 violent incidents reported in 2014, compared to 6,275 the previous year.
Officers hope the scheme will reduce the level of violence by forcing young people to reduce their binge drinking and the habit of ‘pre-loading’ on cheap booze before leaving home.
Croydon council has purchased six breathalyser units which will be used in the town centre from early February.
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