A TEAM dedicated to ensuring licensees are serving their customers within the law is doing the rounds in Ellesmere Port and Neston.
The Western Partnership Licensing Team is made up of district licensing officers, Trading Standards, police and fire service staff.
They have been reminding borough pubs, clubs and restaurants they will call time on their trade if they are caught operating without licences or outside their permitted conditions.
Since the licensing laws were introduced in November, six premises across the Western Area have been closed down for flaunting the law.
Sgt Alison Wheeler, police licensing enforcement officer, said: 'Our work last year was just the beginning in terms of ensuring the new licensing laws have been taken on board and are being adhered to.
'The team is here to stay and over the coming weeks we'll once again be making unannounced visits of premises to ensure everything is above board.'
The team is supported by Community Action Teams, Special constables, police community support officers and council community safety wardens.
Between November 14 and January 31, 277 licensed premises visits were conducted by officers in the community across Chester, Ellesmere Port and Vale Royal.
The team also seizes alcohol and plays an important role in test purchase exercises carried out with the county council's Trading Standards.
The county's Sue Kee-McParlin said on-the-spot fines were issued by the police to eight members of staff after under-age sales were made, with prosecution a possibility.
Borough councillor Brian Jones, chairman of the licensing committee, said: 'It's important people realise the licensing team is not just about enforcement and closing down places which aren't operating in line with the new rules. We want to support licensed premises so they fully understand what is required of them and can operate safe in the knowledge they are not breaching the law.'
Support ranges from verbal and written advice about health and safety regulations to detailed action plans which identify and address problem areas.