Pub and bar owners in Leeds sign up to responsible drinking

Responsible pub and bar owners across Leeds have undertaken new training to better understand how to be responsible when selling alcohol in a bid to cut down on antisocial behaviour.

Leeds Pubwatch organised for 47 of its members to undertake free courses through BIIAB to learn more about protecting communities from alcohol related antisocial behaviour and also preventing underage drinking.

The initiative, held at The Adelphi, Leeds and funded by the SAB miller Scholarship saw all participants who took part in the training receive a BIIAB Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing. Over half of the total people taking part achieved 100% marks in the examination, with five people going on to the pass the Personal Licence Holder’s examination. This teaches them everything they need to know to apply for a Personal Licence, which allows them to sell alcohol and/or authorise others to do so.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“Our licensed premises within Leeds are clearly demonstrating that they want to take a sensible approach to selling alcohol.

“It is good to see so many licence holders signing up to take part in this training and work with local communities to reduce alcohol related crime.

“We want to ensure that the city is a safe place for people to enjoy responsibly, and working with licence holders and other partners across the city is one way of making this happen.”

Sergeant Rob Fullilove, West Yorkshire Police's licensing officer, said:

"We support the additional training these licence holders have undertaken.

"Ensuring that staff working in our bars, pubs and clubs sell alcohol in a responsible manner forms part of our ongoing work to make Leeds a vibrant and safe place for people to visit and enjoy themselves."

Pauline Chapman, Seacroft Working Men’s Club said:

“By attending the pubwatch meetings it has opened my eyes to how much is involved in running a licensed premises regarding legislation. The training that pubwatch have provided, has made me more confident, knowledgeable and has gave me the ability to deal with issues that arise during the day”.

Notes to editors:

Leeds Pubwatch is a crime reduction initiative with the aim to reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour in licensed premises.

There are 16 schemes which are voluntary run by licensees and are supported by Safer Leeds Partnership which includes Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and other agencies.

For more information visit www.leedspubwatch.org


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