09:15AM, Friday 01 November 2013
More than 500 violent offences took place in Windsor town centre during a seven-month period last year, police figures have revealed.
The vast majority were committed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between 9pm and 4am.
Most of the offences, which totalled 513 and were recorded between April 28, 2012, and November 28, took place near the town's nightclubs, with 196 in William Street and 97 in Goswell Hill.
The murder of Seán Noctor, 24, in the town centre this summer brought the issue of violence there to a head.
A report due before the Royal Borough recommends a late-night levy on pubs and clubs be introduced to help police fight crimes during the night-time economy hours.
The levy allows licensing authorities to charge licensed premises an annual fee as a contribution to the costs of policing the night-time economy hours.
But Gill Naden, chairwoman of Windsor Pub Watch and general manager of Yello Bar in Goswell Hill, believes the tax will hit businesses hard.
She said: "Windsor Pub Watch has a strong working relationship with the police and council because we care about this community and we work hard to improve things."
"It's more tax we have to pay on our businesses which at this moment in time are not making a lot of money, and more tax on these businesses is going to force some to close down."
The levy, while focusing on the night-time economy in Windsor, could also be introduced in clubs and pubs in Ascot and Maidenhead.
Exemptions and discounts of up to 30 per cent can be offered to premises and can be applied for shorter periods.
The issue is set to be discussed by the council's crime and disorder overview and scrutiny panel at Maidenhead Town Hall on Monday at 6.15pm.
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