Late night drug testing at Barry pub

Barry And District News: TEST: Drug screening at The Buccaneer TEST: Drug screening at The Buccaneer

DRUG screening came to late night Barry when police used a state-of-the-art machine to test everyone entering a town centre pub.

In partnership with pub holders and the Safer Vale Partnership, South Wales Police carried out drug testing on over 100 patrons of The Buccaneer pub on Holton road before they were allowed to enter the premises.

The test involves patrons having their hands swabbed with a piece of paper which was then fed into the drug itemiser machine. From the swab the machine can detect the presence and amount of any illegal substance.

Inspector Paul Tinkler said: “This series of operations shows the commitment of South Wales Police with its partners to tackle all forms of criminality.

"Owing to this joined approach we have seen reductions in both violence crime and alcohol related incidents.

"Through partnership working South Wales Police are committed to help make the Vale of Glamorgan as safe as possible for residents and visitors to the area.”

Sean Barnsley, supervisor at The Buccaneer, confirmed that the operation was a great success.

“We have a zero tolerance to drugs," he said. "It was a great opportunity to demonstrate to all of our customers that we are dedicated to providing a safe and trouble free environment for our customers.”

Police Licensing Officer PC Dave Barrett added: “It was a great opportunity to work in partnership with the licensed trade. This operation is an excellent illustration of the partnership approach South Wales Police has nurtured between themselves and the night time economy.”

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