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New police bar in town

New police bar in town

Wednesday 17 December 2014

New police bar in town

Police licensing officers are hoping their new pop-up bar will help cut down on the number of drunken arrests this Christmas.

The two "barmen" on duty have been educating shoppers and Islanders on their lunch breaks on how to stay safe when they've had a few.

They say they see a lot of people at this time of year who are not used to drinking taking advantage of their bosses' generosity and downing too many free drinks without making sure they can get home safely first.

Inspector Mark Coxshall said: “Often during the Christmas period we encounter a lot of people who have been drinking, most do it in a sensible manner, they go out, have a drink and go home having had a good time. However there are the handful who take their drinking too far, whether by drink driving or getting into trouble. This bar gives us a chance to get out into the community, talk to people about safer drinking and answer any questions that they may have.”

As well as promoting safer drinking and anti-drink driving they have been breathalysing passers-by who want to see their reading.

They'll be back on shift tonight to try and catch some late night shoppers.

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