Trusted identification: police and trade bodies urge licensees to accept redesigned ID cards

Proof-of-age card could stop passport losses

By Stuart Stone

Following a campaign by the Home Office urging young people not to use their passports as proof of age, the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) launched a new age card design on 17 January to reflect endorsement from the National Police Chiefs’ Council...

Milestone reached: Pubwatch is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year

National Pubwatch praised on its 20th anniversary

By Fred A'Court

The National Pubwatch (NPW) has been praised, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, for the work it is doing in helping achieve a safe and secure environment in all UK licensed premises. 

Fatal: this year's Think! drink-driving campaign has launched today


Road safety minister: “Drink-driving destroys families”

By Nikkie Sutton

Roads safety minister Andrew Jones has urged young men specifically not to get behind the wheel after drinking – as they account for 62% of drink-drivers killed – ahead of this year’s Think! Drink-driving campaign.

House of Lords meeting: police and lawyers will be interrogated

Lords Committee

Lords licensing committee to quiz police

By James Evison

Senior police chiefs and lawyers will be quizzed next week by the House of Lords select committee investigating the impact of the Licensing Act 2003.

Call for an end to 24-hour licensing


Call for an end to 24-hour licensing

By Emily Sutherland

Staff from across all three emergency services have attacked 24-hour licensing, calling for a return to old pub licensing hours amid increasing concerns about the “huge strain” alcohol is putting on police, ambulance staff and firefighters.

BBPA issues World Cup Guidance for pubs

BBPA produces World Cup guidance for pubs

By Michelle Perrett

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced guidance for pubs to help them make the most of this year’s World Cup which is being held in Brazil.

National Pubwatch unveils speakers for its conference

National Pubwatch conference boasts top speakers

By Michelle Perrett

The National Pubwatch conference 2014 is boasting a series of top line speakers including Association of Chief Police Officers licensing lead chief constable Adrian Lee.

Supermarkets: pile it high, sell it cheap

Top cop calls for off-licence tax

By John Harrington

A senior policeman has called for a specific off-licence tax to create more "equality" between the on-trade and off-trade. Association of Chief...

Royal wedding: thumbs up from police

ACPO backs later pubs during royal wedding

By John Harrington

A group representing top policemen supports the plan to let pubs open later during the royal wedding weekend. The Government plans to let pubs open...

PASS: support from top policeman

ACPO cop backs PASS

By Michelle Perrett

The Association of Chief Police Officers lead on licensing Jon Stoddart has backed the use of PASS cards for ID checks for alcohol sales.

Coulson: shutting a pub should be the last resort

Shutting pubs is a last resort

By Peter Coulson

Some clarification appears to be needed about whether a local council has the power to close down a pub "on the spot", says Peter Coulson.

ALMR: disappointed with proposals

ALMR: review is top down stick bashing of pubs

By Ewan Turney & Gemma McKenna

One trade group has blasted the proposed licensing changes as top down stick bashing of pubs. The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)...

Coulson: alcohol and violence will stay high on agenda

Police policy for licensing

By Peter Coulson

The licensing role within the senior ranks of the police is to advise Government on the practicalities of proposed legislation, says Peter Coulson.

Stoddart: believes pubs are socially responsible

Top cop unsure about minimum pricing

By Gemma McKenna

A senior police officer says he's not yet convinced of the link between reducing violent crime and a minimum price for alcohol. Chief constable Jon Stoddart told the Morning Advertiser: "It's a political and health issue and needs more...

Police: started crackdown on drink-driving

Drink-driving crackdown begins

By John Harrington

The annual month-long crackdown on drink-driving has begun and will run until the end of the month.