Drugs to be targeted in rural South Ribble pubs

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Landlords and police have joined forces to tackle drug taking in rural South Ribble pubs.

The move comes after landlords voiced it as a priority at a ‘Pubwatch’ meeting in Longton attended by Lancashire Constabulary.

Pubwatch is a forum made up of local publicans and officers and meets several times a year to discuss policing issues in licensed premises.

Police officers will now be visiting pubs in Longton, Much Hoole, Hutton and Walmer Bridge to check for drug usage and will also have ‘Flash’, a specially trained police dog, to help them with the task.

PC Dave Pentall, of Pubwatch, said: “We have around 12 licensees in our Pubwatch scheme which covers the western parishes of South Ribble.

“The message is simple - don’t turn up to pubs to take drugs when responsible people and families are trying to enjoy themselves.

“The constabulary along with local landlords have a zero tolerance for this sort of stupidity and are determined to stamp it out.

Local licensee Andrew Worthington added: “Local landlords are looking forward to working with police on this initiative which I am sure will become another success for Pubwatch.

“It is only a very small minority who are doing this sort of thing, but it still needs to be erased as drugs are not welcome in our communities in any shape or form.”

Are you a publican in South Ribble? Would you like to get involved in Pubwatch?

If so e-mail david.pentall@lancashire.pnn.police.uk