ALCOHOL-related crime dropped by almost half during peak months last summer, new figures have shown.

Following regular late-night checks on licensed premises by licensing enforcement officers, figures showed the number of serious violent incidents in July and August 2009 was down 47 per cent from 2008.

To date, the number of serious violent crimes related to alcohol has dropped by almost 20 per cent.

Licensing officers have also worked with police to carry out high visibility operations to make sure licensed premises are operating within the rules.

They visit local “trouble hotspots” or venues where there have been reports of late-night disturbances.

In the last six months, a total of six premises have been temporarily shut down to improve standards, or face permanent closure.

The local authority has also held 40 licence reviews in recent months.

Representations made at the reviews led to improved conditions and management at some venues, while a total of four prosecutions were made for selling alcohol to under-18s or after hours.

Last year, officers also covered 150 late night shifts working up to 4am, leading to 650 unannounced enforcement visits to premises.

A council spokesman said: “Enforcement is part of Redbridge’s zero tolerance to licensing breaches and reassures the public. “Licensees are required to ensure their premises are safe, well managed and trouble free.”

If you are concerned about licensed premises in your area, call the council’s Anti Social Behaviour Hotline 8478 4679.