Alcohol messages spread across the county Date published: 22nd September 2015 2.08pm

Alcohol-related harm is estimated to cost society £21billion pounds a year. Over a million crime and 1.2 million hospital admissions are linked to alcohol every year.

Last week, Cheshire Police ran a week of action on alcohol visiting pubs, clubs, restaurants and off licences across the county ensuring they are complying with the law. It was also an opportunity for officers to talk to the new student intake about personal safety and the effects alcohol can have.

Inspector Richard Spedding said, “We used the week to refocus some of our activities around the sale of alcohol and its potential harmful effects. The week went very well with teams across the county spreading the messages far and wide, ranging from businesses to student communities.”

Cheshire Police – supported by the Special Constabulary – worked alongside partner agencies including the Licensing Teams from the local councils to conduct over 100 visits to licensed premises with many more taking place at off licenses. Minor infringements were dealt with during the visit, with follow up visits promised.

Inspector Spedding added, “In Warrington, the team ran an underage sales operation with 6 out of 8 premises selling alcohol to people under 18. Whilst this result is disappointing, the local policing team will work hard to ensure the standards in that area are improved.

“This week wasn’t about catching people who may be linked to alcohol-related crime, but to remind communities across the county that we’re here for them, when and where they need us. In the case of alcohol, it could be to prevent the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, to helping someone in distress.”