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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Best Bar None competition extended to off licences

A pub and club safety competition has now been extended to off licences.

The project begins just days before England’s World Cup campaign kicks off, with drinking establishments expected to be packed to the rafters.

The Best Bar None scheme measures the safety and customer care of licenced premises across Carlisle and Eden, and is run in partnership by Cumbria police and Carlisle City Council.

Owners are challenged to raise standards across the board to impress inspectors and customers, who can vote for their favourite premises.

Speaking at the launch of the 2014 competition at Lloyds No.1 bar on Botchergate, Carlisle, Sergeant Richard Higgin said the scheme had benefited the area.

“It’s in its seventh year and I looked at crime figures from 2007. There’s been a 39 per cent reduction and I am sure the scheme has contributed to that reduction.

“It raises standards in licensed premises and helps build better relationships between the people and the police.

“It makes Carlisle and Eden a safer place for the public to go out on a night, especially with the World Cup.

“It will make pubs very busy when England are playing.”

Lloyds No.1 was last year’s overall Carlisle winner, also winning the Best Bar category.

The Eden winner in 2013 was Warehouse, who also took the Best Club category.

Establishments that take part can receive insurance reductions in the scheme, with 42 premises entering last year.

Sue Stashkiw, a licencing officer with Carlisle City Council, said: “It’s a joint scheme with the police and it’s about raising standards in licenced premises and people in the industry.”

New guidelines to help pubs open late during World Cup games were backed by Carlisle and Allerdale councils, with England’s opening game due to begin at 11pm on Saturday.

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