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Supermarkets and off-licences are to be banned from selling alcohol 24-hours a day, reports the Sunday Mirror, which is again quoted in the Morning Advertiser.

The paper says that the review of the Licensing Act will continue to allow 24-hour opening for pubs, clubs and restaurants.

The Mirror claims that senior Number 10 sources have revealed that it will impose new restrictions on the off-trade.

Apparently, Culture Secretary James Purnell will tell councils to only allow supermarkets to sell alcohol after 11pm if they have “an extremely good case”.

It is believed exceptions would be made for supermarkets in tourist spots, railway stations and airports.

Well, if you ask me, I would say that if you want to control exessive drinking, agressive behaviour and other similar aspects of Western civilization, making exceptions for outlets in railway stations would be the last thing to do….

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