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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-09

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Licensees set to serve up a safe Christmas

WIRRAL Council and Merseyside Police are joining forces with licensed premises to ensure the safest possible Christmas for those out enjoying themselves over the festive period and the staff who will be serving them.

Through new and existing networks of licensed premises across the borough, key messages and valuable information and guidance is being shared that will help licensees identify and deal with potential problems, in some cases before they even happen.

Under the terms of their license to sell alcohol, retailers are required to serve responsibly and premises across Wirral are making a commitment to ensure their employees uphold this pledge, particularly in the run up to and during Christmas and New Year.

This includes not serving alcohol to anyone who is clearly already drunk. It also includes a commitment to challenge anyone who looks as though they are not old enough to drink alcohol and to not serve them if they can't provide proof of age.

Premises are being provided with details that will enable them to make a decision on preventing individuals coming onto their premises if they have a history of causing trouble.

Information on identity fraud and how to combat it is also being shared across licensed premises. Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said:- "Everyone has a right to be able to celebrate safely at this time of year and staff working in licensed premises should also not be put in any danger. We all have a responsibility to look out for one another and by sharing information across licensed premises and reminding them of the steps they can take to provide a secure environment for staff and customers, I hope everyone will have a safe and enjoyable festive period."

Wirral Superintendent Tracy Hayes from Merseyside Police added:- "We have been working in partnership with our licensees in the Birkenhead and the Heswall night time economy. Pubs and bars are now taking more responsibility in not serving people who are already drunk or believed to be underage and this is playing a part in keeping Wirral a safe place for visitors to enjoy.  Licensees have been made fully aware of the law and their responsibilities under the Licensing Act and have educated bar staff after what to do if someone comes to the bar intoxicated demanding a drink. All staff and customers in licensed premises have the right to work and socialise at safe and enjoyable places. Police officers will be conducting multi agency visits to licensed premises at peak times across Wirral over the festive period and we will be there primarily to keep people safe while they are having a good time. People need take responsibility themselves and watch what they drink so that their behaviour does not let them down and ruin an otherwise great night out. My message to people over the festive period is this: enjoy yourselves, pace yourselves, take responsibility for your own behaviour and ensure you wake up the next morning with memories of a great night out with friends rather than regret and a sore head."


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