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By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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A POLICE campaign to reduce alcohol-related crime is to go online in a bid to reach licensees.

A virtual surgery will be held by Derbyshire Constabulary officers during the afternoon of Tuesday, January 22, offering information and advice to licensees.

The Intoxicated campaign aims to raise awareness of the law as it applies to the sale of alcohol to people who have already drunk too much.

Led by Derbyshire police and High Peak Borough Council, the campaign offers support to publicans across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Licensing Sergeant Mark Wright said: “We understand the time pressures faced by licensees, who would struggle to attend a physical meeting when they have a lot on in the day.

“But by hosting what is essentially an online chat on the police website, they can drop in and out at their convenience and speak directly with us.

“The main topics will be the Intoxicated campaign and issues about licensing in our area, so it’ll be a great source of information for licensed businesses in our area.”

The free online surgery is at www.derbyshire.police.uk between 2pm and 4pm and landlords will be offered advice on staff training, staff levels, CCTV and dealing with customers who have had too much alcohol.

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