Crawley business watch reports rise in drug taking at pubs

A demonstrator against cannabis laws holding a cannabis pipe as he reads a book before the march from George Square, Glasgow to Kelvingrove Park for the Smokey Bears Picnic Saturday 17 July 2004, as Strathclyde police look on. The march was organised by the Scottish Socialist Youth to help open the laws on cannabis use for all. PA Photo: Maurice McDonald MAYOAK0003210503
A demonstrator against cannabis laws holding a cannabis pipe as he reads a book before the march from George Square, Glasgow to Kelvingrove Park for the Smokey Bears Picnic Saturday 17 July 2004, as Strathclyde police look on. The march was organised by the Scottish Socialist Youth to help open the laws on cannabis use for all. PA Photo: Maurice McDonald MAYOAK0003210503

Crawley & Gatwick Business Watch has reported a rise in the amount of drug taking at pubs.

It said its Pubwatch members had noticed more people were being caught with drugs or evidence of drugs found in recent weeks.

a statementread: “All members have a zero tolerance to this, and work closely with out partners in Sussex Police to identify and take action on those involved.

“Drugs are not only illegal, but there are also serious concerns for the health and safety of those consuming them.

“Many drugs will cause an individual to act out of character, sometimes abusive or aggressive.”

Under measures to tackle the issue, pub goers will be searched on entry and throughout the evening. CCTV would be installed near toilet entrances and plain clothes staff were to check toilet areas regularly. Toilet facilities would be adapted where possible to stop drug taking.

The business watch warned people caught with drugs would be banned for six months from all pubwatch members which included clubs, pubs, restaurants, take aways and hotels.

For the full list, visit Crawley & Gatwick Business Watch

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