The Council and Police have joined forces to write to local licensed premises recently to ask them to consider using polycarbonate drinking vessels instead of glasses to serve drinks after 11pm, following the tragic death of a young man attacked with a glass in Darwen recently.

Cllr Melissa Fisher, Chair of Licencing Committee, said; “In conjunction with Lancashire Constabulary our Licensing Manager is writing to all licensed premises in the Borough of Hyndburn to ask the premise licence holder and the designated premise supervisor to consider the use of polycarbonate drinking vessels to serve drinks in after 11pm. Our hearts go out to this young man’s family and we welcome any safety measures to stop anything like this happening in Hyndburn. We hope that many local licenced premises will use polycarbonate vessels instead of glasses after 11pm.”     

Sgt Jason Middleton, of Lancashire Police, said: “We fully support the use of plastic glasses in licensed premises and in particular at the weekend and would urge all licence holders in Hyndburn to support this safety measure. We want everyone to enjoy a safe night out and hope business owners will co-operate with this request.”