UK: campaign for glass ban seeks support from DiCaprio

A UK mother leading a campaign to ban glass containers from late night venues has asked for endorsement from film star Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently received 12 stitches to his head and face after h…

A UK mother leading a campaign to ban glass containers from late night venues has asked for endorsement from film star Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently received 12 stitches to his head and face after he was hit with a glass bottle at a Los Angeles party. “As soon as I heard about it I thought he might like to get involved in my campaign,” said Marjorie Golding of Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes (80 km north of London), whose son Blake was scarred for life in a glass bottle attack. The campaign, which was launched in the Milton Keynes Citizen newspaper in mid-June 2005, has already sent a petition with several thousand signatures to the Prime Minister. The campaign aims to persuade brewers to supply beers and other alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles only to all late night pubs and clubs. Support has come from MP Mark Lancaster, who tabled an Early Day Motion which he will persuade MPs of all parties to sign in an attempt to bring the matter before parliament. “Plastic bottles are a sensible move and if it is a challenge the breweries will have to pick up, then so be it,” he said. The bottle ban also has the backing of police and council representatives in Milton Keynes.