Pubwatch members in Deal and Dover agree on year ban for underage youngsters who use fake ID to get into bars
Pubwatch operates under the Dover Partnership Against Crime (DPAC) label, which allows traders of all kinds to communicate and work together to combat crimes that may affect high streets in the district.
The DPAC umbrella scheme was set up 20 years ago, purely in Dover, but now it has spread to Deal and Sandwich and has more than 120 members.
Places that have signed up include taxi companies, fake ids retailers, licensees and transport firms.
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Members of the team who have a license to sell alcohol signed an agreement which means if one person is issued a DPAC banning notice, they will be barred from entering all members premises irrespective of different rules each place may have.
It was at an annual general meeting last week that the issue arose.
A selection of Pubwatch members Trudi Adams, Richard Harris, fake id generator Ben Winslade, Paul Blair, Anna Murray and Chris Vidler with DPAC co ordinator Karen Griffiths
Mrs Griffiths said: present at the meeting were concerned for the youngsters welfare as well as the ramifications of inadvertently selling to an underage person. A Deal landlord who asked not to be named, said: encourage all patrons of the night time economy to carry ID and be prepared to present this ID as proof of age.
customers with fake ID will be barred immediately and the bar will continue for a year after they turn 18.
Karen Griffiths co ordinates Pubwatch which comes under Dover Partnership Against Crime
The group has since agreed that a letter to all schools will help to combat this issue.
Mrs Griffiths has confirmed she will be penning a statement to all secondary schools in a bid to let pupils know of the consequences associated with entering an over 18 club illegally.
It will also contain information of the ban which will be issued.
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