Drinking crackdown

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BAR staff are to be targeted with police-backed training to clamp down on under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour across Doncaster.

The course is intended to help pub and club workers spot under-age drinkers and deal with potentially violent customers.

The Essentials of Responsible Alcohol Retailing course is endorsed by South Yorkshire Police, who advise officers across the region to send retailers who are caught selling to under-age drinkers to attend the sessions.

The course will be run by Doncaster Council.

If a venue fails an under-age drinking test they have to pay a fine or pay to attend the training course.

The training has close links to Doncaster’s Best Bar None scheme, which was set up to make sure visitors have a safe and enjoyable night out in the town.

Chief Inspector Ian Bint said: “South Yorkshire Police fully support this training course and I’m always happy to see new measures aimed at tackling under-age drinking and improving the skills of responsible retailers.”

Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, regulatory and customer services, said: “I’m pleased to see bar staff and pub traders being given the opportunity to learn new skills, rather than simply getting hit with an instant fine.

“I hope that under-age drinkers will take note and see this as another reason to stay out of Doncaster’s pubs and clubs.”