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EVIDENCE AT INQUIRY POLICE OFFICER'S OPINION P.A. INVERCARGILL, this day. Persons who committed serious crime were not as a rule addicted to drink, and in most cases it could not be said that drink was a contributing cause to the commission of crime, said Inspector J. B. Young, at the opening sitting in Invercargill to-day of the Royal Commission on Licensing. However, in minor breaches of the law the same could not be said, he added.

"I am of the opinion that there should be a redistribution of licenses in accordance with population," said Inspector Young. "I do not think that the closing of hotel bars between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays serves any useful purpose. I think there should be some extension of the hours of closing as certain members of the community are unable, by reason of their employment, to obtain refreshments during hours when the hotels are ' permitted to be open. This applies particularly to country districts. To overcome this, I would approve of the hours suggested by the Commissioner of Police—ll a.m. till 8 p.m., and that no liquor be permitted to be sold to anyone after 8 p.m. As an alternative, I would suggest that permission to open until 9 p.m. on Fridays be granted."

Inspector Young added that he did not approve of the consumption of liquor in restaurants, cabarets, dance halls or night clubs. He saw no objection to the granting of licenses at tourist resorts.

Witness said he had not received any complaints of alleged offences by servants of the Invercargill Liquor Trust. He had not received any complaints regarding sly-grog selling since he had been in Invercargill (since the beginning of the year).

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DRINK AND CRIME, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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DRINK AND CRIME Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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