Vehicles launched to clear up town’s night life

A RESPONSE vehicle aimed at tackling rowdy pubgoers is due to be introduced in Alfreton today.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is officially unveiling four new Violence Alcohol Harm and Licensing (VAL) vehicles at Alfreton Community Fire Station.

The vans enable fire services, police and trading standards to carry out ‘multi agency’ visits to licensed premises including pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops and fast food outlets to maintain order. Inspector Andy Smith said: “These new vehicles allow the police licensing teams and their partners to visit premises in a single vehicle, fully equipped for purpose.”

The vans act as mobile offices containing computers, allowing officers to deal with paperwork at the scene. Following the success of the first VAL van financed by the fire and rescue service, police and Amber Valley Borough Council three years ago, additional funding for the new vehicles was given by the Regional Improvement Efficiency Partnership.