Conwy & Denbighshire Community Safety Partnership recently invested over £4,000 on an initiative designed with the purpose of checking that public houses were not serving alcohol to people under the legal age limit or to those who were already inebriated.

Three “professional witnesses” were engaged to enter public houses dressed in somewhat less than smart clothing and to order drinks whilst pretending to slur their speech and fall over. They were also asked to admit to bar staff that they were drunk whilst ordering their drinks.  

Whilst some premises refused to serve the apparently drunk customers, many did not.

Bar staff would, of course, usually be disciplined for serving customers whom they believed to be under the influence of a significant amount of alcohol. However, as the mystery customers were only pretending to be drunk, there could be no offence committed and the bar staff were instead provided with free training!