A lack of police officers is reportedly set to lead to a ban on late-drinking licences during next year’s Olympics. According to the Evening Standard, late-drinking licences are being banned during the Olympics because police do not have enough officers to deal with any extra trouble. The newspaper said that police chiefs have told ministers they do not want the extra burden of patrolling high streets in the early hours when they are already at full stretch. It is thought the decision will cost pubs, bars and restaurants millions of pounds in lost sales. The stance is the complete opposite of that taken at the time of the Royal Wedding in April, with all licenced premises allowed to stay open until 1am, which led to pubs generating an extra £600m in sales.