Partnership action in Woodstock

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Partnership action in Woodstock

With over 450 licensed premises in West Oxfordshire it is important to make sure that owners are complying with the legal requirements necessary to make our towns and villages safe places to live, work and visit.

In November West Oxfordshire District Council teamed up with Thames Valley Police to visit 11 licensed premises in Woodstock. Spot checks were carried out focussing on licensing, benefit fraud and drug use.

Council officers from revenues, benefits and licensing sections made sure that all licence conditions were complied with and that no employees were claiming benefits fraudulently whilst also working.

Thames Valley Police officers meanwhile took swabs from toilet areas to check for traces of drugs. All 11 premises came back clear.

The operation was well received by premise owners and they were also given information about joining the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership’s ‘Nightsafe Scheme’ and the local Pubwatch group.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council said: “This was an excellent operation and our team of officers and police were well received by all the premises they visited in Woodstock. I would like to thank everyone involved for their assistance and support and am very pleased to report that all the tests came back negative.”

Posted : 17/12/2009 12:13:22

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