UPDATE: Rugby police working with licensed town centre premises following operation

Penny Clarke, Licensing Officer, Rugby Borough Council, Simon Coupe from Warwickshire Trading Standards and PC Rebecca Bailey, Beat Manager for Rugby Town centre.
Penny Clarke, Licensing Officer, Rugby Borough Council, Simon Coupe from Warwickshire Trading Standards and PC Rebecca Bailey, Beat Manager for Rugby Town centre.
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A number of Rugby town centre’s pubs, clubs and bars have been given a clean bill of health after they were visited last month as part of an multi-agency operation headed up by Warwickshire Police.

Other premises are now working with police to deal with problems that were identified during the operation.

Police officers, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables teamed up with the Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, Environmental Health, Licensing and Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service to carry out checks on 10 establishments throughout the evening of August 23 until the early hours of Saturday morning.

Officers offered advice to door staff and tested for drugs in the properties whilst the other agencies carried out their own checks to identify any fire safety or environmental issues as well as breaches of licensing and trading standard conditions.

As a result of this multi-agency operation, local Safer Neighbourhood team police officers, along with the other agencies, are working closely with a few of the licensees, found to be in breach of some conditions, to help them meet the standards required to make Rugby town centre a safer place to be.

PC Rebecca Bailey, who helped organise the operation, said: “It’s good to see that the majority of places we’ve visited tonight are operating within the law as well as the standards set by the other agencies. Through partnership working we can take a joined-up approach by assisting the few licensees who need support and help resolve any issues they may have.”

Penny Clarke, Licensing Officer at Rugby Borough Council added: “We always work closely with Warwickshire Police when dealing with licensing and trading issues and this operation has not only identified issues at bars, clubs and pubs but highlighted some good practices too. Another benefit of working together as a team is we can share information and act upon it accordingly.”