Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doormen Flout New Licensing Regulations

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doormen Flout New Licensing Regulations

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy

Dodgy doormen were found working at Tyneside pubs during a police swoop.

Some 18 bouncers were found to be breaking the law at 19 boozers visited during the crackdown in South Tyneside.

Northumbria Police officers working with the Security Industry Authority (SIA), licensing authority, fire service and the Department for Work and Pensions turned up at the pubs to carry out spot checks.

They found 14 doormen were not displaying their SIA licence while four were unmasked as benefit cheats.

Sgt Ian King, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: "The aim of the operation is to make sure that the door staff are working in a professional manner in pubs across South Tyneside.

"We work closely with door staff. They are the people who keep customers safe while out enjoying themselves in pubs and it is important that their role is properly regulated and that these regulations are appropriately enforced.

"We regularly carry out these multi-agency checks and this sends a clear message to the industry that we take their role seriously. …

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