Sniffer dogs aid drug fight

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Leicester city-centre pubs have issued a stern zero tolerance warning to drug dealers by paying for a sniffer dog to visit premises. The scheme...

Leicester city-centre pubs have issued a stern zero tolerance warning to drug dealers by paying for a sniffer dog to visit premises.

The scheme represents another form of paid-for policing as the 22 participating pubs, under the guise of Citywatch, stumped up £325 for a night's work by police.

Leicester police also contributed 50% towards the cost of the operation, which involved a Labrador, dog handler, two accompanying officers and six officers on stand-by in case drugs were found.

All the venues were briefed about the visit but none were informed as to the date.

Citywatch vice-chairman James Bancroft hailed the pilot scheme a success and vowed to make the visits a regular occurrence.

'We are paying extra but we are taking a lead and getting the message out that we will not tolerate drugs, he said.

'Our main concern was how customers would react, but everyone was intrigued and really pleased with the stance we are taking.

A police spokeswoman said that five searches took place at two venues but no drugs were found.

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