Alcohol campaign launched by police

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OVER 400 licensed premises were visited by police as part of a week-long campaign to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.

The action came as part of the In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative – a national campaign which saw police forces across the country patrolling drinking hotspots.

Some 170 seizures of alcohol were made, eight warning letters were sent to licenced premises for breaching their licence conditions and an improvement notice was issued to an establishment for public safety.

Test purchase operations were also carried out across the region. A total of 42 premises were visited during the campaign last month and ten of these failed by selling alcohol to someone underage.