New drugs safe scheme launched with Pub Watch members in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

Gwent Police are now working with licensed premises in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to ensure their premises are drug free and a safer place for customers.

Licensing Officers have been delivering training to Designated Premises Supervisors (DPS) by showing them how to record and safely seize and store any suspected illegal substances found on their premises, prior to the Police attending to secure them. The DPS will then train door staff working within the premises.

Licensed premises will be provided will tamper-proof plastic bags to seal the drugs in and a register to complete, where they will detail information about the circumstance in which illegal substances were located. Police Officers will collect the illegal substances and send them to WEDINOS (Welsh Emerging Drugs and Identification of Novel Substances Project) for analysis and safe disposal.

Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Licensing Officer PC Rachael Honey-Morris who was responsible for the original scheme set up in Newport in October 2013 said: “This scheme is aimed at making licensed premises in the area a safer place and ensuring that any illegal substances found are accurately recorded and safely disposed of, which will allow us to identify which types of drugs are being used locally and help us to further target those who are involved in the supply and use of drugs.” “It is hoped that members of Pub Watch will continue to join this new initiative which will soon be rolled out to Caerphilly Borough.”

If visitors to any licensed premises are suspected of drug dealing, or suspected to have large quantities of drugs on them, police will be called immediately. The pubs so far involved in the scheme are: Cwmbran Shopping Centre, The John Fielding and The Crow’s Nest in Cwmbran, Grasshoppers in Brynmawr and Level 14 and Morgan’s Wine Bar in Ebbw Vale.

Story courtesy of Gwent Police