Sniffer dogs target pubs in drugs operation

Police with dogs have been patrolling Bracknell’s pubs to sniff out drug users.

The group of police officers, dogs and members of Bracknell Forest Council were out in Bracknell on Friday, September 4, visiting pubs to try to identify anyone who may have been using drugs.

The operation aimed to warn owners and managers exactly where drugs had been used in their pubs so they can improve their security in those areas.

In one pub, which has not been named, a woman was cautioned for possession of a Class B drug. Small quantities of Class A drugs and cannabis were also seized during the operation.

Inspector Peter Carter, from Thames Valley Police, who led the operation, said: “The use of drugs in licensed premises will not be tolerated.

“Mixing drugs and alcohol often leads to an increase in violence.

“People under the influence of drugs and alcohol often make decisions they would not normally make.

“We are committed to ensuring that residents of Bracknell Forest can spend an enjoyable evening out without it being spoiled by alcohol or drug-fuelled anti-social behaviour.”

Jillian Hunt, drug and alcohol team manager at the council, added: “Using illicit drugs over a long period of time can have a long-term effect on both physical and mental health.

“Bracknell Forest offers a full range of services to residents in order to reduce the number of people using drugs.

“The drug and alcohol action team will continue to work with the police and licensing officers in order to reduce the number of people using drugs.”

Anyone who feels they need help for a drug or alcohol problem can call the council’s New Hope Centre in Broadway in the town centre on (01344) 312 360.

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