HUDDERSFIELD’S MP has called for an end to “uncivilised” 24-hour alcohol licences.

Barry Sheerman yesterday demanded Kirklees Council stop granting shops the right to sell drink round-the-clock.

He said: “I can’t understand why any civilised town would want any 24-hour liquor licences. I’m against them in principle.”

Mr Sheerman discussed the issue with Kirklees divisional commander Chief Supt John Robins yesterday.

The Labour MP said: “He’s very concerned about this as well. I’m glad that he agrees with me.”

Mr Sheerman believes shops with 24-hour licences cause problems for residents living nearby.

“Experience shows that it has an impact on local residents,” he said.

“When people come in the middle of the night to buy alcohol they make noise when they slam car doors.”

Mr Sheerman added: “I’ve run a campaign to reduce on-site licensing because I think the times were unnecessarily long.

“We’ve seen steady progress which has benefited the town centre.”