Police are teaming up with pubs in Hucknall town centre to refuse entry to anyone found to have traces of drugs on their hands.
So, better not handle any money, shake hands with any dodgy people, push open any shop doors…well, not if you want a drink, anyway!
The testing works by swabbing the palm of the hand with a piece of card which is placed into a machine and scanned for the drugs. It takes just seconds for the result to show.
Anyone showing traces of the drugs could be searched and denied entry to the venue.
Because you might argue that that’s how the traces of drugs got there, but, well, good luck with that! I suspect that ‘could’ is more of a ‘will’.
Sergeant Simon Scales, neighbourhood policing for Hucknall, said: “The testing will be carried out periodically throughout the summer and is part of ongoing preventative work being done in Hucknall.
“It is just another tool that we are using to reinforce the message that the use of drugs will not be tolerated in the town.”
And just why are the pubs and clubs co-operating with this?
“Pubs and bars have a responsibility to help reduce crime and promote public safety and the licensees in the town are taking this responsibility very seriously.
“The results from the recent tests support this and should send out a clear message that the buying and taking of illicit drugs will not be tolerated.”
But maybe I’m being too cynical? Maybe Hucknall’s pubs and clubs have been severely blighted by drug problems and…
Oh. Then again, maybe not:
Pubs across Hucknall’s town centre have signed up to the initiative, including the Pilgrim Oak, in High Street.
Nicola Bowler, shift leader at the pub, said: “We don’t tolerate drugs in the building.”
She added that while drug-related problems had gone down over the last two years, the initiative was a welcome opportunity to make the pub “a drugs-free place”.
I’d view it as a welcome opportunity to set up a little antiseptic hand-wipe selling business myself. Would it get me on ‘Dragon’s Den’, do you suppose? Or would it just get me arrested for whatever the police could think of?
Do the pubs think that by announcing all their customers will be treated even more like unwelcome guests, admitted on sufferance only – yes, even you non-smokers! How’d you like them apples, eh? – that they will get even more customers?
Or will they lose even more than they are currently losing to home drinking and the modern ‘speakeasy’?