UK: police keen to see less glass in Bath

Police in Bath, southwest England, are hoping that the city“s clubs and pubs will move away entirely from the use of glass containers, which can become lethal weapons in the wrong hands. A leading ni…

Police in Bath, southwest England, are hoping that the city“s clubs and pubs will move away entirely from the use of glass containers, which can become lethal weapons in the wrong hands. A leading night spot in the city has already taken the initiative and has stopped using glass on its premises. Cadillacs club has been using plastic beer and wine glasses for nearly four weeks and says there have been few problems. The containers cost about half the price of their glass equivalents. According to club management, plastic containers make life safer for security staff and customers because they cannot be used as weapons; they remove the risk of dancers without shoes cutting their feet; and they are easier to collect. The club will be experimenting over the Christmas period by selling Kronenberg, Fosters and Smirnoff Ice in plastic bottles. In 2005, responsibility for issuing licences to premises serving alcohol will pass from the local magistrates to the Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is consulting on the list of requirements to be made of license applicants. Inspector John Richards, of Bath police, who has been following the issue for five years, hoped other clubs and the busiest city-centre pubs would follow the lead of Cadillacs.