POLICE are planning to contact all licensed premises in South Yorkshire in the run-up to Christmas as part of efforts to tackle underage drinking and customers’ rowdy behaviour over the festive season.
A team of dedicated officers will be contacting bars and clubs and visiting selected venues to check their arrangements for challenging suspected underage drinkers, and also how they plan to minimise disruption to residents and businesses during the busy Christmas season.
The team will focus on areas such as management, staff, capacity, health and safety, crime prevention and security.
Superintendent Peter Norman, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “Each pub, bar or club has different concerns, issues and needs.
“By working with them and advising them on a one-to-one basis, problems can often be overcome very quickly and to everyone’s satisfaction.
“This personal and professional approach ensures that all key licensed premises around South Yorkshire are well-prepared for the festive period.”
“It also provides the police with an opportunity to check standards and legal requirements and to put measures in place, in conjunction with landlords and local residents, to minimise any antisocial behaviour from happening in or around the premises over the period.
“If licensees fail to comply or assist, this can subsequently have an affect on their licence and they could lose their livelihood.”