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Norfolk Constabulary Pub operation warns revellers

An officer carries out a drugs test

Pub-goers in king’s Lynn came under the spotlight during a police operation to crack down on illegal drugs and underage drinking.

A police drugs dog was brought into to help identify anyone caught trying to smuggle drugs into one Lynn pub during the weekend checks.

At the same time, police officers and licensing staff worked with licensees to offer a drugs amnesty and paid visits to other premises to crack down on underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

During the drugs operation at Lloyds No1 Bar in Tuesday Market Place on Friday December 3, 350 people were screened by using a hand swabbing machine to search for traces of cocaine, heroin and other illegal substances.

In all, 30 people were searched as a result of the tests and indications made by the police passive drugs dog. The operation was supported by pub management.

Sgt Karen Faulkner from King s Lynn Response, who led the Friday-night operation, said: This operation, which was given the full support of the licensees, was about disrupting the flow of drugs into the night-time economy in King s Lynn where it has implications for health, safety and other crime.

The majority of people we stopped said they were pleased that we were helping to make their night out in Lynn safer. We hope it sent out the right message that drugs and illegal behaviour will not be tolerated.

Further similar operations are planned.

On the same evening, a multi-agency team carried out visits to a number of pubs in and around the town to check that licensing regulations were being met. A number of under-18s were removed or dispersed from inside or near some premises and an 80 fine was issued to one bar worker for supplying alcohol to someone under-18.

Police officers on public order duties dealt with some individuals for drunken behaviour. One man was arrested and later charged with assault and criminal damage in a Norfolk Street take-away.

A number of others received on-the-spot fines for anti-social behaviour.

King s Lynn North Chief Inspector Ady Porter said: The enforcement activity carried out by police and other agencies this weekend is a taste of what we have planned to deter and reduce drink and drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour as we lead up to Christmas and the New Year.

Licensees in the town are on board, as are the council s CCTV operators, and we will be working together to root out trouble-makers at the very earliest opportunity and using laws available to us to keep them out of the town for the enjoyment of the vast majority.

Security Industry Authority-trained security staff helped facilitate the police operation.

SIA Head of Investigation Nigel Davies said: We were happy to support the police during checks on licensed premises.

Door staff play a role in maintaining the public s safety so it is important that they are trained, qualified and SIA-licensed, especially in the lead up to the busy festive season.

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