Police go undercover to check on Worthing pubs

POLICE officers went undercover recently to check for licensing offences in Worthing.

A number of pubs and clubs in the town were visited as part of an undercover operation by officers from Sussex Police’s neighbourhood licensing team.

Sergeant Simon Morgan said: “I am pleased to report that many of the premises targeted were found to be well run and actively promoting the licensing objectives.

“However, disappointingly a few premises were found to be lacking in key areas of the licensing law. Some were clearly not robust enough in guarding against serving alcohol to drunk patrons and need to be more proactive in their duty of care.

“Undercover operations are an important tool to ensure that the premises within our areas remain safe and enjoyable places to visit. It is to be expected that further similar initiatives will be run again in the Worthing area.”

Police said they are now speaking to a number of licensees about taking immediate remedial action to prevent any breaches from happening again.