Shopkeepers use breathalysers on customers trying to buy alcohol and refuse to serve anyone who's drunk – The Sun

SHOPKEEPERS have been armed with breathalysers by police for the first time in Britain in a crackdown on street drinking.

Staff were issued with handheld breath-test devices and told to turn away any customers who are too drunk.

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Spar worker Assad Shah breath tests a customer buying booze in Cardiff

The crackdown in Cardiff comes after a rise in complaints from shocked tourists about drunken behaviour on the streets.

Now two Spar stores in the Welsh capital are testing shoppers to make it easier to refuse to serve suspected drunks.

Rohat Hamed, 40, who has been a shop manager for eight years, told how breathalyser has helped curb the problem of street boozing.

She said: “We’ve used it hundreds of times already – we just grab it and if anybody who tries to buy alcohol looks drunk we tell them to blow into it.

“Some people have given us abuse when we use it because they must think that they’re above the law.”

Wales News Service

Police issued shopkeepers with handheld breathalysers in a crackdown on street boozing

The breathalysers were initially lent to shopkeepers for a trial. They were then allowed to buy them from the South Wales force.

Rohat said: “We ended up buying it from the police for £200 because we have got a lot of problems here when people are buying alcohol from elsewhere and congregating around this area.

“We’re getting blamed when it’s got nothing to do with us.

“We’re actually doing the police’s job – it’s not our job, we never serve anybody in here who’s drunk.

Wales News Service

Police trained staff how to use the breathalysers at two Spar shops

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Workers test anyone they think is drunk and refuse to

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