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Hyndburn MP calls for end to glassing horror
AN MP is urging a ban on glasses in pubs and nightspots to make a night out on the town safer for revellers.
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said it would be cheaper for the government to help fund plastic glasses in bars and clubs, than to deal with violent glassing incidents.
Mr Jones is among MPs backing a Bill which would require nightclubs to ban glass. The MP is also raising awareness of an eight-month glass-free scheme which ran in Hyndburn in 2010, when 20 pubs and clubs were using the polyc-arbonate glasses. During this period there were no glass-related assaults or incidents.
Mr Jones said the plan would also end the sort of glassing injuries suffered by Mark Steer in Accrington Town Centre in 2010.
Mr Steer was left almost half-blinded, suffered an extensive perforation to his right eye and had two operations on his eye when he was glassed in the face.
Mr Jones said: “It’s absolutely deva-stating when things like that happen to people. You don’t expect a night out to ruin the rest of your life.
“Anti-social violence as a result of alcohol is still a big problem in Hynd-burn – as it is in most of the country. However, a change however small, from glass to plastic in nightclubs could make a big difference.
“Lancashire Constabulary also piloted a scheme with night clubs across the county that were averaging as high as 17 glassings a year.”
Mr Jones said a Home Office Report estimated that an alcohol-related glass-ing incident can cost up to £180,000 to treat, andinvolving up to 48 different professionals.