Conservative Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson will warn London’s councils to do more with their powers to crack down on binge drinking and alcohol related violence or face being ‘named and shamed’.
Highlighting Metropolitan Police figures which show violent crime has increased from 11,650 incidents in February 2000 to 13,245 in February 2008 Mr Johnson warned that "town centres are becoming no-go areas every Friday and Saturday night and something needs to be done about this."
Mr Johnson also warned irresponsible retailers, saying "we need to tackle the problem at its core and get tough with bars and shops that break the rules. We must make alcohol harder to buy for under-18s in order to tackle the problem of underage drinking and deal with alcohol related violence."
"I am willing to publish league tables, naming and shaming those councils who do not use their new powers to crackdown on this. I will also use my influence as Chair of the MPA to ensure that police officers take a more proactive approach in confiscating alcohol from underage drinkers."