25th Nov, 2020

Drug testing to be carried out at Bromsgrove pubs to clampdown on substance misuse

Tristan Harris 27th Aug, 2020 Updated: 27th Aug, 2020

STAFF at Bromsgrove pubs will drug-test areas in a bid to determine if substances are being misused in the premises.

The new scheme was launched this week after West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion funded drug wipe testing kits.

Areas such as toilets being swiped will act as a deterrent to anyone planing to use drugs in pubs.

Mr Campion said: “The communities of Bromsgrove have the right to be able to enjoy a night out without the fear of coming into contact with drug use and anti-social behaviour.

“I am committed to ensuring that West Mercia’s communities are safe, and feel safe – this funding is being used to achieve that goal.”

He added it was a great example of how partners and communities could work together to make a difference to the communities they lived in.

Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May added: “We are committed to a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to substance misuse and violence.

“Now, working with our partners, and thanks to funding from the PCC, pub goers can feel even more confident that they can enjoy a safe night out in our district.”

Insp Lee Page, from West Mercia Police added: “Bromsgrove has for a long time been a popular late night destination, especially at the weekend, but there is always a small minority who ruin things for everyone else and tarnish the town’s reputation by using illegal substances.

“Drugs use and supply is deeply damaging to communities and in the context of the night time economy it also leads to increases in violence and gives Bromsgrove a bad name.

“The issuing of drug wipes to staff at bars and clubs is a positive step forwards in our united effort to tackle this problem, to keep people safe and to reduce the likelihood of disorder.”

He thanked the Crime Commissioner for the funding and added: “We, of course, welcome anyone who wants to enjoy a vibrant and fun night out, but let me be clear – Bromsgrove is no safe haven for drugs and violence.”

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