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County Durham pub regulation scheme aims to cut crime

A scheme to encourage the self-regulation of pubs in County Durham is being extended.

The Best Bar None scheme was set up in Chester-le-Street, Consett and Durham City to reward licensed premises for good practice and crime prevention.

The project, launched three years ago by Durham County Council and Durham Police, is said to have seen big reductions in drink-related crime.

Bishop Auckland is the latest town to take part in the scheme.

A county council spokeswoman said: "The Best Bar None scheme has had some fantastic results in Durham, Chester-le-Street and Consett, where licensees have been extremely supportive.

"We're now looking forward to working with businesses in Bishop Auckland, where I'm sure we can be equally successful."

There are currently 45 premises in Durham signed up to the scheme, and 14 in both Consett and Chester-le-Street.

There are about 100 other schemes in operation across the UK.

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