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October 9, 2009 12:00 AM

Commenting on the extension of the ban on public drinking on the street across Cardiff, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"Late night alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour is a huge problem on the streets of Cardiff.

"People deserve to have a night out in Cardiff without the fear of intimidation or facing violence as a result of excessive of alcohol consumption. This ban should help the law abiding and responsible majority to reclaim the streets.

"But the police must be sensible in how they use these powers and act proportionately.

"More broadly, we must act to counter the growing alcoholism problem in Wales. The number of alcohol related deaths in Wales has risen by 80% over the last 10 years, twice the increase in England.

"The government must make enough alcohol treatment places available so that we start to tackle the scourge of alcoholism across Wales."