Spiking: Northern Ireland Local Authorities (responsible for licensing premises)

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Local Government Association offer guidance on good practice for licensing authorities in response to spiking. Our inquiries relate to the extent to which your licensing authority implements these recommendations – specifically:-

Q1) Do you explicitly reference spiking prevention in your statement of licensing policy?

Q2) Have you run a communications campaign to clearly demonstrate that your council takes a zero-tolerance approach to spiking.

Q3) Which of the following partnership schemes are training packages are referenced in your statement of licensing policy?
· Pubwatch
· Best Bar None
· Purple Flag
· Community Alcohol Partnerships
· Street Pastors
· The Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) initiative
· ‘Ask for Angela’

Q4) Has your licensing authority followed the recommendation of the Home Affairs Select Committee to consider the prevalence, prevention and reporting of sexual harassment and misconduct and gender-based violence in statements of licensing policy.

Q5) For the previous 5 calendar years please provide the number of venues which have had their licence suspended, revoked, or/and had conditions added to the licence, as a result of spiking incidents within the venue. Please could you provide this data broken down by year.
a) 2018
b) 2019
c) 2020
d) 2021
e) 2022
f) 2023 (including latest available data)

Q6) How many incidents of alleged spiking have been recorded by the licensing authority in the past five years. Please break down by year
a) 2018
b) 2019
c) 2020
d) 2021
e) 2022
f) 2023 (including latest available data)

Q7) Please provide details of the three most recent cases where a venue has had its licence suspended, revoked or/and had conditions added, as a result of spiking incidents

Thank you in advance for your help with these queries.

Yours faithfully,
Will Hecker

Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Mr Hecker

 

Thank you for your email dated 19 April 2023 and your request for
information therein.

 

You have requested from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
information in relation to spiking – licensed premises.

 

I confirm your request will be processed as a request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Accordingly, you will receive the information you
have requested within 20 working days of the date of receipt of your
request by the Council unless the Council does not hold the information or
there is a reason to withhold all or part of the information requested. 
Council will write to you in any event. 

 

I hope to respond to you as soon as practicable but no later than 19 May
2023.

 

For further information in relation to the Freedom of Information Act 2000
I would refer you to the Information Commissioner's Office website,
[1]www.ico.org.uk

 

If you wish to discuss the above please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

 

Ruth Rooney
Information Officer

Oifig Dhún Pádraig

Downpatrick Office

Downshire Civic Centre

Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road

Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Council: 0330 137 4000

Direct dial: 0330 137 4825

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Rooney, Ruth, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Mr Hecker

 

I refer to the above and write further to my email of 20 April 2023.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have requested information
from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  Your request has been
processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and,
accordingly, please see the response below in red text.

 

REQUEST AND RESPONSE

Freedom of Information request - Spiking: Northern Ireland Local
Authorities (responsible for licensing premises)

The Local Government Association offer guidance on good practice for
licensing authorities in response to spiking.  Our inquiries relate to the
extent to which your licensing authority implements these recommendations
– specifically:-

 

Q1) Do you explicitly reference spiking prevention in your statement of
licensing policy?

The Council does not have any remit in relation to spiking prevention -
this is dealt with through liquor Licensing which is the remit of the
Police Service of Northern Ireland. (PSNI). You may wish to redirect your
request to the PSNI – more information is available via the following
weblink: 
[1]https://www.psni.police.uk/request/freed...

 

 

Q2) Have you run a communications campaign to clearly demonstrate that
your council takes a zero-tolerance approach to spiking.

No recorded information held. Some social media posts have carried
relevant messaging related to this issue.

 

Q3) Which of the following partnership schemes are training packages are
referenced in your statement of licensing policy?

·       Pubwatch

·       Best Bar None

·       Purple Flag

·       Community Alcohol Partnerships

·       Street Pastors

·       The Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) initiative

·       ‘Ask for Angela’

No recorded information held.

 

Q4) Has your licensing authority followed the recommendation of the Home
Affairs Select Committee to consider the prevalence, prevention and
reporting of sexual harassment and misconduct and gender-based violence in
statements of licensing policy.

No recorded information held.

 

Q5) For the previous 5 calendar years please provide the number of venues
which have had their licence suspended, revoked, or/and had conditions
added to the licence, as a result of spiking incidents within the venue.
Please could you provide this data broken down by year.

a) 2018

b) 2019

c) 2020

d) 2021

e) 2022

f) 2023 (including latest available data)

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has had no entertainment licences
suspended/ revoked or additional conditions imposed due to spiking
incidents for the period of 2018 to 2023

 

 

Q6) How many incidents of alleged spiking have been recorded by the
licensing authority in the past five years. Please break down by year

a) 2018

b) 2019

c) 2020

d) 2021

e) 2022

f) 2023 (including latest available data)

No recorded information held - liquor licensing is under the remit of the
PSNI  - see response to 1 above.

 

 

Q7) Please provide details of the three most recent cases where a venue
has had its licence suspended, revoked or/and had conditions added, as a
result of spiking incidents

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has had no cases of any
entertainment licences suspended/ revoked or additional conditions imposed
due to spiking incidents – see response to 1 above.

 

 

If you wish to discuss the above or require clarification on any matter,
please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

I trust this is of assistance.  However, should you be unhappy with our
response in this matter you may request an Internal Review of our response
by 21 June 2023. You can contact Ms Edel Cosgrove, Head of Compliance
([2][email address]) in that regard. In the event you are unhappy
with the outcome of any Internal Review conducted by the Council you may
apply to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a review of our
response.

 

You can contact the ICO via the following details:

ICO website: [3]www.ico.org.uk

ICO self-service portal:
[4]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/offi...

Helpline: 0303 123 1114

 

Please note that the ICO generally expects Internal Reviews to be
completed prior to reviewing the decisions of public bodies.  For further
information in relation to Freedom of Information I would direct you to
the website of the Information Commissioner at: [5]www.ico.org.uk.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Ruth Rooney
Information Officer

Oifig Dhún Pádraig

Downpatrick Office

Downshire Civic Centre

Downshire Estate, Ardglass Road

Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Council: 0330 137 4000

Direct dial: 0330 137 4825

[6]www.newrymournedown.org

[7]www.facebook.com/nmdcouncil

[8]www.twitter.com/nmdcouncil

 

This e-mail, its contents and any attachments are intended only for the
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above named. We will not accept any liability (in negligence or otherwise)
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information. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed in such
messages are not given or endorsed by the Council, unless otherwise
indicated in writing by an authorised representative independent of such
messages. Please note that we cannot guarantee that this message or any
attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted and amended. The
Council undertakes monitoring of both incoming and outgoing e-mails. You
should therefore be aware that if you send an e-mail to a person within
the Council it may be subject to any monitoring deemed necessary by the
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this e-mail (or any response to it) under UK Data Protection and Freedom
of Information legislation, unless the information in it is covered by an
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