THE volume of booze seized in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Vale Royal during a campaign in the run-up to the World Cup is the equivalent of more than £10,000 worth of vodka.
Facts and figures from the four-week Government Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign (AMEC 4) show that 1,085 litres of alcohol was seized in the Western Area - the equivalent of 2,170 cans of beer and 1,085 litre bottles of vodka.
Officers in all six of the Neighbour-hood Policing Units which make up the Area have supported the campaign which ran from May 8 to June 8.
In total, 253 arrests were made, 77 positive alcohol breath tests were recorded, 73 Penalty Notices for Disorder were issued and almost 1,100 litres of beer, cider, spirits and alcopops were seized by Community Action Teams (CAT) and their Special Constable and Police Community Support Officer colleagues.
The Western Partnership Licensing Enforcement Team made unannounced visits of licensed premises in popular nightspots across the area.
The team conducts alcohol test-purchases, carries out safety checks and observes activity to ensure licensing policies and rules are being followed.
Sergeant Alison Wheeler, police Licensing Enforcement Officer and member of the Licensing Partnership Team, said: 'The campaign has been a great success and I'd like to thank all the CAT officers, licensing industry representatives and partner agencies.
'The majority of licensees made it clear they take their responsibilities seriously and there were no worries for us in the way things are being run.
'In a handful of places, some minor issues were identified and we have worked to ensure issues such as sales to under-age drinkers, failure to comply with fire regulations and unlicensed door supervision are sorted.'
Sgt Wheeler added: 'We wanted to set the tone for acceptable behaviour in the run-up to the World Cup while keeping the pressure on licensed premises to manage their outlets responsibly.
'We also want to put a stop to underage sales and make sure the new licensing rules recently introduced under the Licensing Act are not being ignored.'