AN EXPERIENCED publican has made his way to Parliament to voice concerns about police responses to violent behaviour.
David Drew, owner of the Marlbororough Arms on St John Street, travelled to London to give a presentation in front of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group at the request of chairman John Grogan MP last Thursday.
The trip came just weeks after Mr Drew's Chester city centre pub was damaged by drunken men who were refused entry. The ringleader was given a police caution, but no further punishment was issued.
MrDrew,whohas beenalandlordfor 20 years, said: 'The day went really well. Firstly my wife, Jane, and I had lunch with Chester MP Christine Russell and I expressed my concern about police support.
'This was followed by the committee meeting, where we discussed how the new licensing legislation has panned out over the last six months.
'I think to give cautions to those who have been violent and intimidating is wrong.
'Since the new licensing laws have come into force the police have been very strict with licensees but not with criminals. We do our bit - we do not serve anyone who is drunk and always ask for ID from those who look under 21 and in return we need protection when people turn nasty.
'I think the new legislation has been successful, we just need more help from the police to tackle the yobs that spoil Chester as a city and frighten people.'
Mrs Russell will pass on his concerns to Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson.