Praise for pubs after police operation in Cleethorpes
LICENSED venues in Cleethorpes have been praised for cracking down on underage drinking.
A police operation revealed there were no underage drinkers were found in the resort on a busy Saturday night.
North East Lincolnshire Council Children's Services and Humberside Police visited a large number of pubs and clubs in the resort.
Inspector Neil Pattinson said: "I am very pleased to report that during this operation we found no evidence of youngsters drinking under age in any of the premises we visited.
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"We have a great working relationship with the door staff and licensees who operate across North East Lincolnshire, and I am very pleased with the compliance found at all of the venues.
"There is a clear link between underage drinking and unacceptable behaviour.
"Both Humberside Police and North East Lincolnshire Children's Services are committed to doing everything we can to reduce alcohol related violence across the area.
"I would like to remind those people who are heading out that proof of age is important and people over the age of 18 can obtain a citizens card application from the main Grimsby Police station, customer services at Freshney Place, as well as Grimsby Central Library."
Gemma Footitt, bar supervisor and acting manager at Bar Babylon, said: "We have door staff outside who ID everyone on the door and then staff are trained to ID everyone at the bar.
"It's important to keep on top of it and I think it's fantastic that the inspection proves that the majority of bars in Cleethorpes are compliant too."
Graham Franklin, the co-owner of Amishi, said if clubbers look under 25, their staff will ask them for identification.
He said: "We are open to party-goers over 18, but operate an over-25s policy and ask for ID if they look under that age.
"The fact the police found no underage drinkers shows door staff and bar staff are being vigilant and doing their job efficiently.
"We keep in contact with a door agency who are out on the streets and they will inform us if they know of any underage drinkers.
"Also, staff are trained to ask for ID if they think the person is underage.
"It has changed over the years because youngsters buy fake IDs from the internet – but our staff are trained to look out for these and tell the difference between real and fake.
"Underage drinkers have always tried to get into clubs and pubs and that will never change, but our procedures are more proactive and efficient then ever."