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Crime reduction

Alcohol related crime accounts for nearly three quarters of crime and disorder across the UK.

To make sure Essex remains a safe place to socialise we’ve launched a number of initiatives designed to combat disorder and underage drinking.

We’ve listed just a few of them below.

Behave or Be Banned

BOBB aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by banning troublemakers from licensed premises in the county’s towns. Once banned from one club or pub, the offender will be unable to enter other premises signed up to the scheme.

On the spot penalties

On the spot penalties are used as a way of dealing swiftly with disorderly behaviour.

They reflect the penalties given by court but have the benefit of allowing officers to remain on visible patrol much longer.

Power to close licensed premises

We have the power to close licensed premises for up to 24 hours where there is imminent crime and nuisance or excessive noise. The 24-hour closure order can result in a review of the licence.

A Superintendent may make an application for all licensed premises in a given area to be closed where future crime and disorder is anticipated.

Confiscation in public places

This allows local authorities to designate areas in which it will be an offence for any person to refuse to comply with the request of a police officer to hand over alcohol and provide their name and address. Failure to comply can result in arrest.

Drunk and disorderly behaviour

It is also an offence to permit drunk and disorderly behaviour on licensed premises, serve a person who is drunk or purchase alcohol for someone who is drunk.

Confiscation from Young Persons

We can confiscate alcohol from people under the age of 18 who we see drinking in a public area or we have reason to suspect would start drinking.

Sales to persons underage

Licensees and their staff have a duty to take all reasonable steps to establish the age of a customer before selling them alcohol.

It is not a sufficient defence to say they believed them to be over 18.  They must have some basis for that belief and that belief would need to convince any reasonable person.

Offenders found to have sold alcohol to a person under the age of 18 will be dealt with seriously and licensees could face losing their licence.

Test Purchasing

We work with Trading Standards to test licensees and their staff in the sale of alcohol to underage customers by arranging for underage volunteers to enter the premises and attempt to purchase alcohol.

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