A host of Norwich nightclubs will call time on late-night drinking this weekend in a bid to combat violent crime in the city.

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Venues on Prince of Wales Road have voluntarily agreed to stop selling alcohol at 4am to help tackle rising night-time related violence and anti-social behaviour.

It comes just months before the introduction of new licensing laws giving local authorities greater powers to restrict the sale of alcohol in pubs and clubs in the early hours.

Senior officers from the police and city council have been working closely with licensees to improve safety in the night-time economy – with the early hour availability of alcohol being recognised as a key factor to disorder.

Norwich Policing Commander Superintendent Paul Sanford welcomed the move and said he was “grateful” to the owners of the pubs and clubs for taking “positive action”.

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