Sniffer dog targets drugs in Wokingham's pubs

Sniffer dogs have hit the pubs of Wokingham to search for illegal drugs and discourage substance abuse in the town.

Thames Valley Policeis working with Wokingham Borough Council’s licensing department to tackle people who take drugs into the town after pub landlords asked for more action.

Members of Wokingham PubWatch requested police send in a drug dog team to reassure drinkers and themselves about drug issues in the town.

A black labrador trained to sniff out drugs visited town centre premises on Saturday, July 25.

PC Jo Bromley, Wokingham’s neighbourhood specialist officer, said: “The dog is trained to sit down next to anyone who has drugs, or drug paraphernalia, on them.

“We can then search them and arrest or caution as appropriate.”

“It is used more as a visual deterrent and we do not feel the operation failed if no arrests are made – quite the opposite in fact.”

The dog and police went to the Molly Millar in Station Road, the Broad Street Tavern, the Lord Raglan in Denmark Street, the Gig House in The Plaza off Denmark Street and the New Rose in Market Place during the surprise four-hour blitz.

PC Bromley said: “No drugs were found that evening which is a very good sign that Wokingham pubs are a great place to have an evening out.”

The pubs have to allow the police in, but they are not given any warning about when they will arrive.

PC Bromley said they hope to get the sniffer dogs in town again before Christmas.

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