The chief constable John Stoddart, the Association of Chief Police Officers' lead on alcohol, welcomes the government's announcement that it will impose a minimum price per unit of alcohol:

"Week in, week out in town centres across the country the police have to deal with the consequences of cheap alcohol and irresponsible drinking.

"I welcome the Government's new approach that will help reduce the availability of cheap alcohol, give communities a greater say over licensing in their area and reduce pressure on the police."