Police target pub

Police carried out a raid on a Buntingford pub on Friday night. It is claimed that 15 people were found drinking after hours in the Brambles Pub in the High Street, on Friday night. But licencee of The Brambles, Joy Emslie, said: I don t know why they ca

Police carried out a raid on a Buntingford pub on Friday night.

It is claimed that 15 people were found drinking after hours in the Brambles Pub in the High Street, on Friday night.

But licencee of The Brambles, Joy Emslie, said: "I don't know why they came knocking on our door.

"We had about 10 family members round for my grandson's birthday - there was even a cake sitting on the table."


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Mrs Emslie, who runs the pub with her husband Bob, said she did not allow late drinking, and would not hold any more parties until she had applied for a late licence.

The raid, at about midnight, was said to be part of a joint initiative between Hertfordshire police and East Herts District Council's licensing committee, who have been targeting licensed premises in the Buntingford, Sawbridgeworth, and Bishop's Stortford areas.

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Inspector Andy Piper, who has been running the operation, said: "This has been a success and has had a very positive effect in dealing with anti-social behaviour and the night time economy.

"This type of operation should reassure our neighbourhoods that we are committed to taking this robust approach to town centre policing."

Fifty-three officers were involved in the overall initiative, known as Operation Attitude.

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