World Cup drink warning to Lichfield and Burntwood licensees

Action from the World Cup in South Africa. Pic: Dundas Football Club

Action from the World Cup in South Africa. Pic: Dundas Football Club

Licensees and their staff are being reminded of their role in helping to keep Lichfield and Burntwood safe during the World Cup.

Staffordshire Police are calling on people who run pubs, clubs and other licensed premises to encourage responsible drinking during the tournament.

The force’s ongoing Operation Safer Nights is dedicated to tackling drink-related town centre violence and disorder. But officers will also be keeping an eye on licensed premises in other areas – particularly those planning to screen matches from South Africa.

However, licensees and their staff are being reminded of their responsibilities and that they could face action if they flout licensing laws.

Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said:

“Licensees have an important part to play in keeping Staffordshire safe by minimising the potential for drink-related crime and violence. Our licensing teams have been working hard to remind them of their legal responsibilities and of the need to maintain safety and standards during the World Cup.

“The tournament is obviously a key business opportunity, but we have a shared responsibility to keep the emphasis on a good-natured, celebration of football and not let things get out of hand. Responsibility for keeping Staffordshire safe lies on both sides of the bar.

“We are eager to work with licensees and their staff, and are urging them to bring any issues to our early attention before they escalate into anything more serious. But we do want to be absolutely clear that we will not hesitate in using the powers available to us if licence breaches or offences come to light.”

Anyone who has concerns about licensed premises is urged to contact the relevant local council. They can also contact the Staffordshire Police licensing officer for the area concerned by calling 0300 123 4455.

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