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 Thank you to those who went “steady away” this weekend


​To those of you who went steady for your first drink back at the pub – thank you.

To those licensees who worked with us to keep everyone safe – thank you.

To those who act irresponsibly and put people at risk – we will not tolerate you.

Officers were out in force throughout the weekend as many pubs and bars reopened their doors to the public after three months of lockdown.

We were pleased to see many had heeded the message to go steady and helped their customers enjoy themselves responsibly.

The vast majority of revellers were in good spirits and engaged with officers on the ground. For that, we thank you.

However, two premises – Number One bar in Darlington and The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton – had to be shut down after irresponsible behaviour put people at risk.

These premises are now being looked at by officers and our colleagues at the respective local authorities who will consider whether future activity is needed.

Chief Inspector Neal Bickford said: “We want to say a massive thank you to those responsible establishments who complied with all the regulations to allow people to have a safe and enjoyable trip back to the pub.

“We know it has been a tough three months for both businesses and revellers so it was great to see the vast majority of people working with us.

“We will always look to work with those who need to improve but unfortunately two premises did have to be closed on Saturday following unacceptable behaviour.”