HUNTER paramedics tending to car crash victims and unconscious late-night revellers are coming under violent attacks from drunk, drug-affected and aggressive patients and bystanders.
RESTRICTIONS on the late-night sale of alcohol and a 1am lockout on weekends will remain in place indefinitely at Hamilton hotels as a matter of ‘‘public interest’’.
The NSW government’s ”three strikes” regime for licensed venues began on January 1 and so far two hotels and one club have been disciplined under the scheme, which threatens repeat offenders with the ultimate loss of their liquor licence.
ALMOST five years ago I wrote an opinion piece for the Newcastle Herald titled “Alcohol crime: whose responsibility is it?”. At the time, I wrote that Newcastle was being talked about for all the wrong reasons as a city of alcohol-related crime.
Drugs and alcohol are becoming a growing problem for Hunter teenagers, with youngsters getting hooked on cannabis and others believing recreational use will not create addiction.