Licensees trial new anti-drug technology

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Licensees have joined forces with Surrey police to trial the latest anti-drugs technology.Saturday night customers at the White Hart pub in Reigate...

Licensees have joined forces with Surrey police to trial the latest anti-drugs technology.

Saturday night customers at the White Hart pub in Reigate and the Embassy nightclub in nearby Redhill underwent a skin test using an analyzer. It checks for traces of a range of illegal drugs and gives an immediate result.

Of more than 70 people tested at the White Hart, all proved negative, while four out to 150 tests at the club were positive. Those customers agreed to a search, and no drugs were found.

Police believe that setting up the device, the Iontrack Itemiser 111, at premises known to have a drug problem will deter dealers.

John Newman, manager of the White Hart, said: "We would definitely have it here again, as a pub we are really pro-active at getting rid of drug problems."

DC Dick Crockford, the divisional drugs liaison officer for East Surrey, said: "The feedback we have had from the management of the White Hart and the Embassy has all been very positive. The machine acts as a very effective deterrent to drugs users and it sends out a clear message from the establishments that they will not tolerate drug users on their premises.

"We were also pleased by the feedback we got from members of the public. Everyone we swabbed was very co-operative and we even had people volunteering to be swabbed."

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