The end is nigh for Special Brew?
Delicious, maddening, best friend of the bus-stop boozer - Special Brew - could be coming to an end, along with Tenant's Tennent's Super, Kestral Kestrel Super Strength and other beers and ciders with an alcohol volume above 6.5%.
And it all begins in Suffolk, where the police want to stop shops from selling the drinks. Tesco and Co-op have already signed up and will no longer be the friend of the alcoholic. McColl newsagents and some off-licences have also decided to take spesh off the shelves.
Cheapo spirits will invariably still get sold though, so worry not.
Area commander Andrew Mason said super booze was available for as little as 69p, which he described as "pocket money". He continued: "We're going to visit the premises and ask them to make a voluntary variation to their licence, which has a licence condition that they can't sell it - which makes it future proof."
Andrew Cleveland, operations manager for drug and alcohol charity Norcas, said: "It's a positive step in the way that it will target a specific area. But what really has to happen is not just this as one intervention, we need to make sure there is other support there as well."
Goodnight sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.