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    Boris wrote:
    Time to go back to all pubs and clubs closing at 11 pm? Sure, it will need a change in the law. But there is no need for any of these places to be open till 3 and 4 am. 11 pm closing should get everybody home by midnight, too.
    It's very easy to blame the extended licensing hours but speaking as a Pub Manager, in my opinion, the problems lie with the supermarkets selling dangerously cheap alcohol. Put it this way, until recently, I worked for Greene King in a managed house, not a tenancy (so there was no brewery tie) and I found that it was cheaper to buy certain products from Tesco than it was to buy direct from Greene King. I'm in my mid 30's and I can remember when I was in my teens and was heading into town on a Saturday night, I would get to the pub at 7.30-8pm. Nowadays thanks to supermarkets loss leading alcohol, people are staying at home "pre-loading" with cheap drinks and not venturing into town until 10-10.30pm. The damage is done by and large by the time people arrive into town. The minimum unit price needs to be introduced to prevent 70% drunk people coming into town.

    I think we also need to look at the general attitude of younger people (particularly those who frequent the awful Silk Road) as aggression and muscles appears to be all the rage nowadays.

    Reverting back to 11pm closing would be the final nail in the coffin for the Pub trade which is suffering massively at the hands of increased duty, sky high rents and supermarkets selling it cheaper than pubs can buy it.

    The Police need to be more proactive about trouble in this part of town. For heavens sake the whole country knows what a warzone that area of town can be thanks to "Bouncers" so it can hardly come as a surprise."
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Man, 25, in critical condition following Colchester town centre attack

Gazette: The scene in Queen Street this morning. The scene in Queen Street this morning.

A MAN is in a critical condition after being attacked in Colchester town centre early on New Year's Day.

The victim, 25, suffered serious head injuries shortly before 2am on Queen Street.

He was taken by paramedics to Colchester General Hospital, but was then transferred to Romford's Queens Hospital, which specialises in treating head injuries.

Police officers were flagged to the scene by a reveller.

They arrested a 21-year-old man of no fixed abode at a nearby takeaway on suspicion of assault. He is currently being questioned at Colchester police station.

Detectives reviewed CCTV and found there had been a series of street asaaults within a matter of minutes.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: "We have reviewed CCTV and this shows three separate incidents on Queen Street; an assault outside The Silk Road nightclub, a further assault outside Subway and then the final one further down Queen Street.

"We would like to speak to the victims of the first two assaults or witnesses to these incidents.”

Anyone with information should contact detectives at Colchester police station on 101.

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