Lockout mooted for Kings Cross

06 August, 2012 by

By James Atkinson

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has reportedly backed the introduction of a lockout to curb violence in Sydney's Kings Cross.

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Since the recent fatal assault of teenager Thomas Kelly, the State Government and police have been in talks with pubs and clubs in the area about reducing alcohol-fuelled crime.

The ABC has today reported that Commissioner Scipione has announced his support for a lockout that would prevent patrons from entering venues after a pre-determined time.

"It doesn't mean you have to empty the venue, it means that no one can enter," Scipione said.

"It means that patrons don't go from one venue to another, when they've had too much to drink, and move on to another location where they can drink even more alcohol.

"It also stops a lot of the interactions in the street."

Australian Hotels Association (NSW) CEO Paul Nicolaou told TheShout the proposed lockout was clearly not going to work.

"How would the lockouts have prevented the death of Thomas Kelly?" he asked.

"What we need are solutions that are going to solve the issues that are pertinent to the Cross, i.e. transport, high visibility of policing, more CCTV and zero tolerance on street crime."