Workshops on new licensing legislation

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REPRESENTATIVES from 81 licensed premises across Northamptonshire attended two licensing workshops held in the county.

The workshops were organised by the force’s licensing team and provided the police with an opportunity to remind licensees of their responsibilites on the back of recent changes to licensing legislation.

Sergeant Mark Worthington, Licensing and Nightsafe sergeant in Northampton, said: “A total of 154 delegates attended the two events, representing pubs, clubs, working men’s clubs, hotels and restaurants.

“The new legislation came into effect on April 25, so the workshops were an appropriate forum for licensees to talk through the changes and review their working practices to ensure they are compliant.

“I was pleased to see there was good support at both events for Best Bar None and hopefully schemes will roll out in other county towns to complement the well-established scheme that is already running in Northampton.”

The two workshops were held in Northampton and Kettering, at the Roadmender and Wicksteed Park respectively.

Sergeant Worthington added: “Representatives from the trade and licensing consultants were also present at the workshops.

“We enjoy a very good and constructive working relationship with managers and door staff at licensed premises in the county but we are prepared to come down hard on those who do not fulfil their obligations and responsibilities under the Licensing Act.

“Alcohol-related crime and disorder costs us nearly £1.5 million a year just to police and the total social cost of alcohol-related issues costs each household in the country around £700 a year.

“We would rather spend taxpayer’s money on policing all of our communities, rather than deploying large amounts of officers to police drunks in our town centres.”