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Half of arrests on the Isle of Man are alcohol related

About half of all arrests on the Isle of Man involve alcohol, the island's chief constable has revealed.

Gary Roberts also reported to the Licensing Court that two-thirds of people arrested over the age of 62 were under the influence.

He described the Isle of Man's current licensing legislation as "hopeless, outdated and not fit for purpose".

Mr Roberts revealed the statistics during a three-yearly hearing at the Isle of Man Licensing Court.

"Everyone we arrest for causing criminal damage after midnight is drunk," he added.

"The licensing legislation on the Isle of Man goes back over 50 years and it needs to change fundamentally."

The report shows that men over 60 are abusing alcohol more than any other age group.

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