A quarter of Mansfield drinkers too drunk to enter pubs and clubs

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Almost a quarter of drinkers who took voluntary breath tests while trying to enter Mansfield’s late night venues were found to be too inebriated, police have said.

Working in partnership with the town centre bars and clubs, police have supplied breathalysing equipment to door staff.

Use of the breathalyser is an option to help avoid any arguments over whether or not patrons are drunk - instead of an argument escalating, door staff can use the test to show how drunk a person is.

From 225 people tested, 53 have failed the test and refused access to the premises.

Although taking the test is voluntary, police say the response from the public has been positive since it was introduced.

Temporary neighbourhood policing inspector, Neil Priestley, said: “Generally, it’s been very well received by the public.

“We have extra officers working alongside the clubs to assess members of the public in the town centre.

“It’s all part of the door watch scheme which looks at different premises working together and more closely to make sure Mansfield is safe.

“With Christmas being a busy period, we have been running it over the last three weekends, and it serves an extra re-assurance to revellers.

“We are not saying to people not to have a drink, we want them to come in to the town and enjoy themselves.”

Jonathan Edwards from MALV (Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues) said the tests had become a useful tool.

He said: “We only use it on occasions, and it’s proving popular, people like to know how much they’ve had, and it shows why they are being turned away.

“It’s not used as a condition of entry but it justifies why we do it.”