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Croydon Complies

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Random checks at pubs and bars in Croydon Town Centre on Friday, April 24, found high compliance with licensing regulations, the Security Industry Authority reports. The SIA, Metropolitan Police and Croydon Local Authority checked 31 door staff working at 11 venues. All held valid SIA licences.

Jacquie Parker, an SIA Head of Investigation said: "Croydon is known for having a buzzing night life, so it is vital that door staff working at pubs and clubs are SIA licensed. As trained, vetted professionals they can effectively handle the busy crowds and help maintain public safety, which is paramount to having a good night out.

"I was very pleased with the results as – this random inspection helps reinforce the message that the door supervision sector is largely compliant with the law.

"We will continue to work closely with our partners and plan further visits to licensed premises in Croydon in the future."

Alan Goodall, Chief Inspector, Operations, Croydon Police said: "Croydon Police are delighted with the high levels of compliance amongst SIA accredited door supervisors in Croydon last Friday. This validates all the hard work by the Council, Police and Licensed premises in the area, which has led to a substantial reduction in crime and ensuring that Croydon remains a safe place to live, work and visit."

Councillor Gavin Barwell, cabinet member for community safety and cohesion, said: "We are very pleased but not surprised that Croydon’s pubs and clubs take their licensing responsibilities seriously.

"Indeed, many of our pubs, bars and clubs are signed up to our Best Bar None scheme which has set new standards of excellence, offering managers the chance to prove they run safe and responsible venues.

"We are delighted that pubs and clubs are keen to work with the council and the police to promote good practices and responsible behaviour, and make Croydon a more attractive and peaceful place to socialise."

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