Police focus on drunkeness in Rhyl – #timeforhomerhyl

Drunk customers will not be served more alcohol as part of a new initiative launched in Rhyl.

The #timeforhomeRhyl campaign aims to clamp down on the number of violent crimes sparked by intoxicated revellers.

On Monday, North Wales Police, Denbighshire Council and Rhyl Town Council launched the scheme by putting up posters at The Sussex Wetherspoons pub in Sussex Street.

It aims to get licensees on board by refusing to serve drinkers who have noticeably had too much and encourages them to ban repeat offenders as part of the existing Pub Watch scheme.

District Inspector, Arwyn Jones said the force wants to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence to make Rhyl a vibrant and safe environment to attract people to the town centre.

He said: “Historically, Rhyl’s reputation hasn’t been fantastic, but we are trying to dispel that myth and let people know that actually coming to Rhyl is a really good night out.

Inspector Arwyn Jones presenting Time for Home leaflet to Debbie Bridge, manager of Rhyl’s Wetherspoons (Image: Daily Post Wales)

“We’ve been engaging more with licensees to highlight the benefits of Pub Watch, and of banning those violent offenders from the pubs so they can’t get a drink in the town centre – rightly so because you shouldn’t want violent people in your pubs.

“We’ve also been discussing #timeforhomeRhyl and supporting the landlords and door staff in understanding their obligations in providing a safe environment.”
He added: “We don’t want to have to take people down the enforcement route if we don’t have to, but if there’s a need to then obviously we will.

“Whilst Pub Watch is a voluntary scheme, what isn’t voluntary is the requirement to prevent crime and disorder, and if you’re serving people who are acknowledged and known and banned for being violent, that’s not preventing crime and disorder.

“During some visits we’ve made to licensed premises, we’ve seen people clearly very intoxicated still being served alcohol, and we know that if they continue to get served, they either then go on – in a large amount of cases – to commit violent or public order offences in the street.

“There’s also a correlation between alcohol and domestic abuse.”

Staff Zoe Rogers and Stacey Taylor serving pints behind the bar at Rhyl’s Wetherspoons (Image: Daily Post Wales)

“We’re not saying Rhyl is an uncomfortable or violent place to come out, far from it.

“We just want to make it even safer and more vibrant to contribute towards the ongoing regeneration and the significant amount of money being invested.”
The scheme will be rolled out across coastal towns and does not just apply to pubs and clubs, but also looks at whether taxi drivers and fast food restaurants comply with their licences too.

Councillor Tony Thomas, cabinet member for licensing and regulation said: “We will be working with landlords to stop those who have consumed too much alcohol from being served.

“Alcohol causes more problems than anything else.”

Alan Kay, area manager for Wetherspoons said: “The good thing is, the Time for Home scheme backs up our training.

“When an employee starts with us, on day one, we don’t teach them how to pour a pint or to serve food, we teach them the laws first so we do ‘Don’t do Drunk’ and Challenge 25.”

Story and photographs courtesy of Daily Post Wales www.dailypost.co.uk