Move to stop bars selling alcohol at 2am
Blenheim bars might stop serving alcohol after 2am if Marlborough police get their way.
Marlborough area commander Inspector Simon Feltham said police were planning on making a submission as part of a new local alcohol policy which allows councils to enforce their own policy from December 18.
Changes to the policy can be made under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
Mr Feltham said police would make a submission to shorten the hours liquor could be sold from 3am to 2am.
"It's definitely our submission as part of our plan," he said.
"We've still got a lot of consultation to go and a lot of work to do with the council and pubs."
Two Blenheim bars were voluntarily trialling a one-way door policy, which stopped people entering the bars after 1am.
The policy aimed to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Fairweathers Bar on Scott St and the Loft on Kinross St were expected to implement the new policy this month.
Sixteen bars, restaurants and cafes in central Blenheim had a licence to serve alcohol from 8am to 3am while 134 establishments had on-licences in the Marlborough region.
Police hoped by reducing the hours people were allowed to enter bars, late night violence could be reduced.
Marlborough police prevention team member Sergeant Barrie Greenall said police would talk to other Blenheim bar owners about adopting the new policy.
"Hopefully they will see the benefits for all of the community as well as for the licensees," he said.
"It will even out the playing field and make it easier to know where the other licensees stand."
It was possible other bars would increase their trading hours to scoop up the extra business created by the new one-way door policy, he said.
"It is a community issue - it's an issue for all of us," Mr Greenall said.
"We're trying to reduce the harm and disorder caused between midnight and 4am."
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