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Call for more action on pubs serving drunks

Blackpool Town Hall

Blackpool Town Hall

A councillor has called for more robust action to ensure people are not sold alcohol in pubs when they are drunk.

Coun David Owen said: “It is an offence to sell alcohol to intoxicated persons but it is possible to go into any licensed premises and see people being served when they are drunk.

“It surprises me we don’t have more prosecutions.”

Coun Tony Williams said there should also be more checks done to ensure premises had the correct door staff on duty if that was a condition of their licence.

Coun Amy Cross, cabinet member for crime and community safety on Blackpool Council, said officers did carry out regular spot checks in regard to both the issues raised.

She said: “If people are inebriated there has to be a burden of proof that serving them was intentional, and that seems to be the issue.

“However the police go around on a regular basis to see if premises are serving people when they are inebriated or under-age.

“We also do have officers in our enforcement team who carry out regular spot checks.”

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