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All Chapel licensees raise glass to Intoxicated campaign

Posted on 23rd May 2013

A campaign aimed at keeping Chapel-en-le-Frith safe by reducing alcohol-related crime has been backed by all of the town’s licensees.

Chapel and Chinley Safer Neighbourhood Team led the launch at the start of May and have been visiting pubs since then to talk to staff and customers about the campaign.

PC Andrew Crosthwaite and PCSO Karen Green have now completed their rounds and encouraged all of the licensees in the town to get involved.

Staff at pubs and bars in the town will be wearing Intoxicated t-shirts on specific dates, while posters and bar runners will tell customers what the campaign is all about.

PCSO Green said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from the licensees and their staff, which is really encouraging.

“It’s all about keeping the community safe and making sure people can go out and have a drink and know that they’re safe.

“Keeping licensees in the know about the law and their responsibilities is a key part of that and it’s pleasing that they’re all so keen.

“Everyone was really supportive from the start and now we’ve spoken to them all about what the aims are, it will help to cut any alcohol-related problems.”

Intoxicated is aimed at reducing the level of alcohol-related crime by urging pub, club and bar staff, as well as off-licenses, shops and supermarkets, to be more vigilant when it comes to serving customers.

Licensees can tap into advice about the training of staff, how to deal with drunken people who demand more alcohol and what support is available to pub workers.

The campaign, led by Derbyshire police and High Peak Borough Council, wants to raise awareness of the law around the sale of alcohol to people who have already had too much.

Intoxicated was launched last year to target concerns about the level of alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in areas across the High Peak.

As part of the campaign licensees will be offered advice and encouraged to:

  • Train staff on how to pick up on the early stages of intoxication.
  • Offer soft drinks and free water to people who have had too much.
  • Look out for customers while collecting glasses or clearing tables and advise them on their behaviour.
  • Offer to call a taxi for customers to help them get home safely
  • Make sure they have adequate staffing levels and working CCTV coverage of their bar or pub.

Training days are periodically organised by High Peak Borough Council and opened to local licensees, too.

Are you a High Peak licensee? You can find out more about the campaign by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk and visit the Intoxicated pages.

You can also email the licensing team at Bdiv.licensing@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.