“I STRONGLY believe any relaxation of the current licensing conditions in Newcastle risks a big black eye for the city. I really do.”
Newcastle Superintendent John Gralton didn’t hold back after learning on Tuesday – along with the rest of the community – that licensing laws in place in Newcastle since 2008 are under review at the request of the Australian Hotels Association.
The city’s most senior police officer is against any changes, and could even ask for a tightening of trading hours because of clear links between post-midnight alcohol sales and increased assault rates. Research has shown a 20 per cent increase in assaults for every hour of trading after midnight.