Police check pubs and clubs over Christmas

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POLICE officers will be visiting pubs across South Yorkshire in the run-up to Christmas and New Year looking at safety and management procedures in place in a bid to reduce outbreaks of trouble.

South Yorkshire Police said a team of officers will be visiting ‘key premises’ looking at ways of keeping disruption to a minimum.

Superintendent Peter Norman, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “By working with each individual pub we hope that we can keep crime and anti-social behaviour to a minimum over their busiest period, as well as enforcing the appropriate standards within the premise.

“Each pub is different and has different concerns, issues and needs, therefore by working and advising them on a one-to-one basis each problematic area can be sorted.

“We hope that by doing this we will ensure that all key premises around South Yorkshire are prepared for the festive period. Working closely with us will help them understand the importance of having such robust procedures in place, preventing any anti-social behaviour from happening in or around their premises, which can subsequently have an effect on their licensing conditions.”

Police officers will be looking at capacity, security arrangements, staffing and crime prevention.

The visits will form part of South Yorkshire Police’s Christmas campaign aimed at tackling alcohol-fuelled crime.