New pub ban considered in 'rowdy' Whitley Bay

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A ban on any new pubs and clubs opening in a seaside town is being considered to try and curb alcohol-related crime.

Northumbria Police said a lot of anti-social related crime in Whitley Bay was linked to excessive drinking.

It is asking North Tyneside Council to consider not issuing any new alcohol licences for the next three years to try and tackle the problem.

The council will carry out a 12-week consultation during which local people will be asked what they think.

North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley, said: "I want Whitley Bay to re-establish itself as a family-friendly seaside town, which can only be achieved by tackling the rise in anti social behaviour.

"Our aim is to make the town a safer place for both residents and visitors to enjoy, and if establishing such a policy does this, then it's certainly a step the council will consider."

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