Crime prevention visits to Maidstone pubs, clubs and off-licences
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A specialist licensing officer has been delivering crime prevention visits at bars, nightclubs and off-licences in Maidstone.
PC James Williams, who works within the Community Safety Unit, has been assisted by Laura Bullen from Maidstone Borough Council’s Community Protection Team in addressing any issues of concern, including incidents of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
They regularly liaise with managers, employees and security staff during the evenings and weekends and give advice as appropriate.
The team will also identify opportunities to offer support to establishments including the use of passive drugs dogs and knife bars.
Checks are made to ensure businesses are complying with the conditions on their licence. Where breaches happen, owners and managers will be warned and, where required, the terms of their licence can be reviewed.
Inspector Steve Kent said: ‘We have a constructive relationship with licence holders at bars, clubs and shops in the town, whose staff generally manage the safety of their customers to good effect.
‘They will, however, notify us of any more serious incidents and work with us to ensure anybody responsible for criminal activity is swiftly brought to justice.'
Maidstone town centre is subject to a Public Space Protection Order preventing the drinking of alcohol in an anti-social manner. In addition to the work of the licensing team, officers and PCSOs patrol the town’s parks and open spaces at key times and will take steps to confiscate beer and spirits from those intent on breaching the order.
They will also deal proactively with any further offences that come to light.
Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, David Burton, said: ‘By working together with the police we are helping to clamp down on inappropriate street drinking, protecting residents and keeping our venues safe for people to visit and enjoy.’
Anybody who wishes to notify Kent Police about ongoing issues with crime or disorder connected to any licensed premises, can call 101 or report it online.