POLICE claim a campaign dedicated to serving up action against alcohol-related issues as the World Cup approaches is a success.
Facts and figures from the first two weeks of the Government's Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign (AMEC 4) show officers in all six of the Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPU) in the Western Area (Chester, Ellesmere Port and Vale Royal) are doing their bit.
More than 105 arrests have been made so far, 32 positive alcohol breath tests have been recorded, 30 Penalty Notices for Disorder have been issued and 333 litres of alcohol have been seized by Community Action Teams and Special Constable and Police Community Support Officer colleagues.
In addition, the Western Partnership Licensing Enforcement Team has made unannounced visits to licensed premises in Neston, Frodsham and Helsby.
The team conducts alcohol test-purchases, carries out safety checks and observes activity in a pub, club or store to ensure licensing policies and rules are being followed.
Sgt Alison Wheeler, Licensing Enforcement Officer and member of the Licensing Partnership Team, said: 'The team is made up of the police, fire, local councils and Cheshire County Council's Trading Standards. The visits we've been making see us all getting out and about in a community checking the licensed premises are being properly managed and run.
'Fortunately, the majority of licensees in the Western Area take their responsibilities very seriously and there is no cause for concern at most of the places we visit. However, there are occasions when issues such as sales to underage drinkers, failure to comply with fire regulations and unlicensed door supervision are identified.
'The team takes positive action in respect of these types of issues and any others identified. We work with the premises as we address these and make sure staff and managers are fully involved in the solution.'
On-the-spot fines have already been issued since the campaign began - staff in two Neston premises were fined £80 after they served alcohol to underage drinkers.
The team will continue to target the licensing industry not only throughout the AMEC campaign, which runs until June 8, but all year round as part of the commitment of police and their partners to identify and tackle alcohol-related problems.
Sgt Wheeler said: 'The current campaign has very clear objectives.
'We want to set the tone for acceptable behaviour in the run up to the World Cup at the same time as keeping the pressure on licensed premises to manage their outlets responsibly.'