Police ‘abused’ on drug crackdown pub visits

19/12/19: Story and photograph courtesy of Cambrian News www.cambrian-news.co.

A Team from North Wales Police and detection dogs from Wagtail Uk visited pubs in Dwyfor and Meirionnydd

Police are considering prosecuting a number of people who showed ‘abuse and hostility’ towards them when they visited licensed premises in Meirionnydd and Dwyfor on Saturday night.

A team from North Wales Police visited pubs and clubs in Porthmadog, Criccieth and Penrhyndeudraeth, with support from detection dogs from Wagtail UK.

The visits followed on from a discussion at a local Pubwatch meeting in which the force was invited to support efforts to stamp out illegal substance use and anti-social behaviour in premises.

Inspector Matt Geddes praised the help of the licensees.

He said: “We thank the licensees for their willingness to work with us in trying to make Gwynedd South the safest district in North Wales. A huge thank you also to the overwhelming support our team experienced from the majority of the customers enjoying a night out in the establishments visited.

“We are reviewing evidence recorded at scene in respect of the minority of idiots that offered abuse and hostility to our team and dog handler and are considering the merits of prosecution in addition to sanctions under the Pubwatch scheme.

“A further thank you to the licensees involved for such a proactive approach in ejecting these people immediately and safeguarding those customers seeking to enjoy a night out in safety.”

Inspector Geddes also said that the searches carried out will become more regular across the area.

He said: “These operations will become increasingly frequent. You are entitled to enjoy a night out, our local licensees whilst having to conform to their license conditions, are entitled to run a safe and profitable business. We will not tolerate the minority trying to spoil this, and you shouldn’t have to either.”