Best Bar None Pubs set to raise glass to awards win

PUBS taking part in the Best Bar None scheme aimed at boosting security and keeping out troublemakers are set to pick up awards at an upcoming ceremony.

Twelve licensed premises from Musselburgh in East Lothian and Dalkeith in Midlothian are set to receive awards from the chairs of the local licensing boards.

Two of the venues will then be chosen to represent the counties at the Scottish "Best of the best" awards, which will take place in March.

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Senior police and fire officers, members of the licensing board, local councillors, and representatives from the Scottish Business Crime centre will be among the audience at the event due to be held at the Power House at the Newtongrange Mining Museum on 30 June at 11am.

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, divisional commander for the East Lothian and Midlothian, said: "Best Bar None is proving an invaluable addition to our work in reducing crime and the fear of crime in and around licensed premises in East Lothian and Midlothian.

"I am delighted at the support local businesses have shown to the scheme and am encouraged to know best practice is now being shared between licensed traders and the police.

"I would further like to commend all those premises involved, as they have volunteered to be scrutinised, and hopefully there will be even more premises taking part next year.

"Most importantly, this sets down a marker that safety matters and that premises will do all they can to ensure a safe night is had by their customers."