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Town centre crackdown on drugs set to continue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

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POLICE chiefs have revealed they are still finding traces of Class A drugs in Burton pubs and clubs.

Staffordshire Police’s licensing manager Jed White spoke to the Mail after a recent operation saw a blitz on premises across the area.

He revealed traces of cocaine were found in one venue visited in the town, and his officers were continuing to work with owners and managers across East Staffordshire to ‘put an end to the problem’.

He told the Mail: “We recently undertook a proactive licensing operation in the area. We do this on a regular basis and we go into pubs and clubs and speak to the owners about any issues and also test for the presence of drugs.

“During the latest round of visits our results showed that we are still finding traces of cocaine in pubs and clubs.

“During a search of a venue in Burton we found traces of the Class A drug in the toilets.”

Insp White went on to describe what exactly happens when traces of drugs are found at a premises.

“We inform the venue via letter of our findings and offer advice on how to put and end to the issue,” he said.

“We will visit again a month later and, if the levels are still high, will ask what help they want.

“One month later we will return and, if things remain unchanged, will tell the venue what changes we think are needed to solve the problem.

“We will visit one final time and, if the problem remains, we will move to speak to the local authority about the site licence conditions.

“However, I must stress that we have a great working relationship with pubs and clubs across Burton.

“Most people in charge are happy to help and work with us to get to the bottom of the problem.

“They want to get rid of drug-related issues as much as we do in a bid to make sure the town has a safe and vibrant night-time economy.

“We have a great relationship with the likes of Pubwatch and the local authority and we all work together in a bid to make sure that Burton is a safe place for people to go out.”

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