Thirty-one pubs and clubs in Luton are funding a new public safety initiative called Luton Safe aimed at winning back the town's streets this Christmas and ensuring the worst thing that happens to a reveller is a mild hangover the following morning. Bedfordshire police are the driving force behind the scheme, which includes setting up new security systems where people give their fingerprints before being allowed into nightclubs, high-tech safety glassware, town centre "field hospitals", road blocks and yob-banning orders. Assaults and violent crime in the town centre are down by 3% on last year and David Kinley, licensee of the Heights bar, says Luton is now the safest place he has ever worked. The new project, he adds, makes his life "so much easier". The Sunday Express 16/12/07 page 39