December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
Licensed premises that are helping to cut violent and alcohol-related crime were recognised at an awards ceremony yesterday.
Representatives of 40 licensed businesses from across the district were presented with certificates at Fenland District Council’s Thumbs Up! awards, which were held at Fenland Hall.
The scheme, which was launched last year, forms part of a wider strategy to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour by setting standards and encouraging best practice.
To earn Thumbs Up! recognition, businesses have to demonstrate they are promoting the prevention of crime and disorder, the prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from harm.
The scheme involves Fenland District Council’s licensing and environmental health teams, Trading Standards, the police and the fire and rescue service.
A total of 49 licensed premises have so far got Thumbs Up! accreditation.
Councillor David Oliver said: “Joining ‘Thumbs Up’ shows your willingness to set standards and to encourage other operators to do the same,” he said.
“Last year we were able to achieve an 18 per cent reduction in violent crime in Fenland.
“To date this year it is down 11 per cent as a result of the multi-agency approach we have adopted with partners who are here today and importantly with you, the local businesses.”
“This scheme helps make Fenland a safer place to live, work, visit and socialise - and that is good for all our businesses.”