Breathalyser scheme leads to drop in drunk and disorderly offences

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James Preston

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Breathalyser scheme leads to drop in drunk and disorderly offences

A breathalyser scheme at pubs and clubs in Maidenhead, Ascot and Windsor has led to a 25 per cent drop in drunk and disorderly offences, according to police.

The #2drunk2 scheme, introduced on July 1 last year, has seen 19 venues provided with breathalysers so door staff can test people as they enter.

If their alcohol levels are too high, they are refused entry.

The scheme was run by Thames Valley Police, in partnership with the Royal Borough, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team and Pubwatch.

In its first 12 months, data returned by 10 of the venues shows they completed 1,834 tests between them.

Approximately 60 per cent of those tested were refused entry.

In the first year since the introduction of the initiative, there were 148 drunk and disorderly offences in central Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot, compared to 197 in the previous 12 months.

The number of offences linked to the night-time economy of the towns dropped by 26 per cent (128 offences compared to 174).

Public Order Act offences were also down.

Sgt Neil Misselbrook, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “The #2drunk2 scheme has been a great success in the area with many of the main NTE destinations participating in the scheme.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy an evening out and the #2drunk2 scheme is part of a successful partnership that takes place to ensure this is the case.  We will continue to work with venues on this scheme in the future and encourage all venues to participate and support this work.”

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