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Raising a glass to drink sense

AN awards scheme aimed at creating a safer environment in the borough’s bars has been launched by Safer Solihull.

AN awards scheme aimed at creating a safer environment in the borough’s bars has been launched by Safer Solihull.

The crime and disorder reduction partnership have introduced Solihull Best Bar None - which recognises nightspots striving to reduce alcohol-related crime and promote responsible drinking.

The scheme is being piloted in Solihull town centre this year on a voluntary basis.

Venues are assessed on how well they manage a range of issues including prevention of crime and disorder, drinks promotions, door policy, noise and underage drinking.

Any premises reaching the required standard will be awarded an accreditation in recognition of their achievement. They are also put forward to an independent panel of judges who decide on the titles of best pub, best club, best bar, best restaurant, best hotel and best overall winner.

This year’s competition will be contested by 15 licensed premises. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in Meriden on July 15.

Partnership Manager Inspector Keith Portman said: “A fifth of total recorded crime in the borough is attributed to alcohol. We’re really pleased that Solihull publicans are supporting this campaign, which will help us to promote safer and more sensible drinking.”

For more information on the scheme call 0121 704 6817.

 

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