7 Oct 2008

Weekend alcohol bans in Noumea deemed a success

10:09 pm on 7 October 2008

Last weekend's second alcohol ban in New Caledonia's capital, Noumea, is deemed a success.

The bans were brought in for the past two weekends as a trial to see if they curbed crime in the city.

Most retailers, except liquor stores, were stopped from selling alcohol from Friday evening until Sunday at midnight.

The French high commissioner to the territory says public drunkeness was three times lower than usual and there were no disturbances in bars and clubs.

There was also a drop in fights and criminal behaviour.

It's unclear yet if the ban will be repeated this weekend.