A police team descended on a troubled snooker club in Benfleet – and tested 80 people for drugs.Wow, 80 people tried to get in to this club?
Officers spent an evening at Rileys, in the High Road, following concerns about non-members trying to get in and cause trouble.
During the raid they swabbed the hands of 80 people to check for traces of cocaine.Ah, I see. They didn’t swab the hands of people trying to get in to the club and cause trouble at all. They swabbed everyone.
Two of them tested positive and were searched, but no drugs were found. The pair were turned away from the club.
Why did they think they could do that?
Sgt Mark McQuade, of Benfleet police, said they had been invited to the club to help the owner keep the troublemakers out.Good grief! There's always one, isn't there? Actually, these days, more than one.
Hmmm. Wonder if they swabbed him and his staff too?
Mr McQuade said they were now hoping to carry out similar operations at licensed premises across the rest of the borough.Why not? The door’s been opened after all…
He said: “We have to get the landlords on board with it and sometimes the brewery, and if they are happy for us to do it we’ll go down there. It’s always good for the residents and customers that they feel a bit of peace of mind because we are there.”Mmm, it always makes me feel safer when the police start swabbing everyone around me for drugs rather than deal with the few troublemakers….