New scheme to stop under-age boozers

BAR staff across Doncaster are benefiting from a new scheme aimed at reducing under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour.

The new, council-run training course gives pub and club workers better training on how to spot under-age drinkers and deal with potentially violent customers.

The Essentials of Responsible Alcohol Retailing course is endorsed by South Yorkshire Police, who advise officers across the region to send offending retailers to Doncaster to attend the sessions.

Anyone who works in the drinks industry can attend the training, and it’s hoped it will be seen as a useful tool for new starters in pubs and clubs, as well as a good refresher course for staff members who have already worked in the trade.

If a venue fails an under-age drinking test, they have to pay a fine or pay to attend the training course.

The training also has close links to Doncaster’s Best Bar None scheme, which was set up to help promote safety and responsible drinking.

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Regulatory and Customer Services, said: “I’m pleased to see that bar staff and pub traders are being given the opportunity to learn new skills, rather than simply getting hit with an instant fine.

“I hope that under-age drinkers will take note and see this as another reason to stay out of Doncaster’s pubs and clubs.”

Chief Inspector Ian Bint added: “South Yorkshire Police fully support this training course. I’m always happy to see new measures aimed at tackling under-age drinking, and improving the skills of responsible retailers.”

To find out more about the course or book a place visit www.doncasterbestbarnone.co.uk