Joint campaign highlights alcohol issues

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Over 400 licensed premises were visited by police across the county as part of a week-long campaign to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary joined forces with local councils, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the health service to visit pubs, bars, off-licences, takeaways and hotels.

The action came as part of the In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative – a national campaign which saw police forces across the country patrolling drinking hotspots as the college and university fresher’s season got underway.

One hundred and seventy seizures of alcohol were made, eight warning letters were sent to licensed premises for breaching their licence conditions and an improvement notice was issued to an establishment for public safety.

Test purchase operations were also carried out across the county. A total of 42 premises were visited and ten of these failed by selling alcohol to someone underage.

Supt Stuart Noble from Lancashire Constabulary said: “Not only is alcohol often a contributory factor to anti-social behaviour, it is also linked to violent crime, domestic abuse and child abuse.

“The police do a huge amount of work day-in-day-out to prevent alcohol-related crime and this campaign aimed to raise awareness of the work we do alongside other agencies. We will continue to work with other agencies and licensed premises in Lancashire to try to keep our residents and visitors safe.”

The campaign ran until September 22.