Three Hitchin premises breach licences

Three Hitchin premises were found to be in breach of their licences

Three Hitchin premises were found to be in breach of their licences - Credit: Archant

Police checks revealed three premises were in breach of their alcohol, entertainment or late night refreshment licences over the Christmas period.

The Hitchin-based pubs and clubs, which cannot be named for legal reasons, have been told to rectify any faults immediately or face further action, including licences being revoked and prosecution through the courts.

Police officers and special constables checked 30 premises in Hitchin, Letchworth GC, Baldock and Codicote to ensure they closed on time, customers were 18 or over, and that sufficient door security was present.

Special sergeant Megan Cope said: “We hope that this work sends out a strong message to premises in the area and encourages them to keep on top on the requirements of their licences in the future.”

Officers worked in partnership with North Herts District Council (NHDC), which issues licences and sets licensing hours.

Councillor Bernard Lovewell, portfolio holder for housing and environmental health at NHDC, said: “If any premises are found to be in breach of their licence, we work with the owners to ensure they are aware of what is expected of them and that they rectify any issues before further action needs to be taken.”

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd praised the operation, particularly the involvement of special constables.

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He said: “This operation shows what an excellent contribution they play in helping to make sure pubs, bars and clubs in Hertfordshire are safe places to visit.”

Hertfordshire Constabulary is currently looking to recruit more special constables. For more information about joining visit www.herts.police.uk/specials