Police are blaming binge drinking and "happy hour" culture for a rise of up to 50% in street violence in some parts of Britain. Suffolk, Dorset, Cumbria and West Yorkshire are the worst areas, according to Home Office figures which will be released this week. Street fights fuelled by drink are no longer restricted to town and city centres. Increasingly, they are happening in middle-class, affluent suburbs. Home Secretary David Blunkett believes women may be less of a restraining influence on men's alcohol intake and violence than they once were. He says they may now "countenance it" rather than calming it. The Sunday Times 18/07/04 page 3