Police are blaming binge-drinking for a sharp rise in violent crime. Home Office figures are expected to show later this week a huge rise in assaults in parts of England. Lancashire police drew attention to the link between violent crime in town centres and licensed premises. Police say the government’s "action plan" launched last month to combat drink-fuelled violence has done little to deter the "happy hour" culture. The Sunday Times 25/06/04 page 5