Shop takes top honour for crime prevention

A Bawtry booze shop has been awarded the borough’s first Responsible Retailer Distinction Award.

Rhythm and Booze picked up the award for work by the chain to improve crime prevention, including the introduction of a new fingerprint scanner that helps identify under-age customers.

Martin Swaine, owner, said: “Rhythm and Booze have always supported the Responsible Retailer scheme as a way of ensuring that our staff are rewarded for their vigilance and attention to detail. This new version of the award will encourage them to raise the bar and with our Bawtry shop achieving the award with distinction this really gives the others something to aim for”.

The scheme has been running successfully for 10 years but the new tiered awards element is partly based on the successful Best Bar None project, which sees bars, clubs and pubs compete to win awards based on how responsible and safe they are as a venue.

Training and guidance is offered by Doncaster Council to help retailers avoid selling age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco, to children and young people.

Mayor Peter Davies said: “Selling age-restricted products comes with a big responsibility and I’m pleased to see that retailers are already being recognised for their achievements in selling these products in a legal manner. This is another excellent way of stamping out anti-social drinking and nuisance behaviour which is a priority for Doncaster Council.”

Acting chief inspector Jakki Hardy said: “The responsible retailer awards scheme is a great opportunity for local retailers to be acknowledged for their commitment to the people of Doncaster. The scheme provides help, support and advice on important trading legislation concerning the responsible sale of alcohol, cigarettes and knives, and the consequences of selling these products to minors. The awards will recognise those retailers who are dedicated in assisting us to prevent crime and disorder across the borough.”