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Scottish Highlands to ban glass in pubs

Plans are apparently afoot in the Scottish Highlands to ban all glass vessels in pubs after 9pm and replace them with plastic.

The policy is already enforced in late-night bars and clubs. Highland police are apparently concerned of “potential injury” if glasses continue to be used and now want to apply the glass ban to pint, wine, Champagne, whisky and cocktail glasses in pubs too.

According to The Daily Telegraph, landlords immediately labelled the motion as “nanny-state interference” and said licensing boards were treating customers “like children”.

Landlords in one of the Scottish Highland’s main towns, Inverness, have been particularly vocal in their criticism of the proposal.

Kit Fraser, owner of Hootananny in the town, told the Telegraph that the idea was, “the nanny state at its worst and is putting out all the wrong signals.

“Just because there’s one incident everybody is affected. That is how the criminals win.”

The Highland Licensing Board has invited the public to give their opinion on the policy.

The deadline for responses is 31 July and the policy, if implemented, could be in place by the end of the year.

The chairwoman of the Highland Licensing Board, Maxine Smith, told the broadsheet: “We have had some customers and members of the public ask if the use of plastic glasses is still necessary with all the safety procedures that are in place.

“We need to see what the police are saying about the policy and what evidence there is about incidents.”

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