Police and Trading Standards carry out licence checks as part of week-long crackdown
SOUTH Gloucestershire pubs, clubs and off licences have been targeted by police in a special operation to raise awareness of the part alcohol plays in crime and disorder.
Plain-clothed officers carried out a week of checks on licensed premises, checking whether staff asked for ID, licence requirements were being adhered to and drivers were under the limit in the mornings.
In Chipping Sodbury, a plain-clothed PCSO visited licensed shops which all carried out ID checks.
Neighbourhood officers were also joined by special constables on patrols in areas known for underage drinking in the Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury area.
Filton-based officers went to the University of the West of England freshers’ fair to give students advice on staying safe on a night out and carried our drug checks in the student union bar. None of the students tested positive.
Officers carried out morning after drink driving checks in Winterbourne. Alcohol can linger in the system for hours after a night of drinking, however, none of the drivers checked were above the limit.
Superintendent Mike Carter said: “Alcohol is behind much of the crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour which is reported to the police. Across South Gloucestershire we have many well-run pubs and clubs offering people a safe and enjoyable night out as well as many responsibly-run off licences, and that’s the way we want to keep it.
“Drinking to excess can leave people more at risk of becoming a victim of crime – or committing an offence like criminal damage or assault. It doesn’t just cause problems for people living near to or working at pubs and clubs. A national survey in 2009 has shown that alcohol was the cause of 70 per cent of night-time visits to hospital accident and emergency departments.”
The work, with council licensing and Trading Standards officers and taxi marshals, tied in with a week-long campaign by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
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