Drug tests on city centre revellers
ONE-IN-EIGHT people going to Wind Street bars had traces of illegal drugs on their hands in the latest police swoop.
Some 37 of the 305 revellers who were tested gave positive results on a hi-tech “itemiser” machine.
Searches of the pubbers and clubbers then found 11 of the 37 had small quantities of drugs on them, and they were given police cautions for possession.
South Wales Police inspector Dean Thomas said the use of itemiser machines to test people going into bars and clubs would continue in the run-up to Christmas as part of a wide operation to make the city centre as safe as possible.
He said: “Drug itemiser operations prove effective in not only preventing drugs entering premises, but also delivering a clear message to drug dealers and users that drugs will not be tolerated in our city centre.
“We will continue with these operations throughout the Autumn and over Christmas, as well as working closely with licensed premises and door supervisors to prevent drugs in our city’s nightlife.”
The drug itemiser machine tests a swab taken from a person’s hand for traces of illegal drugs. Anyone who refuses to be tested is not allowed into the venue where the machine is being used.
The itemiser is able to detect the equivalent of a spoonful of sugar in an Olympic size swimming pool.
Watch a drug itemeser machine in action
Bruno Nunes, owner of the Peppermint and Bambu bars on Wind Street, backed use of the drug test machines.
He said: “City centre bars and clubs are all supportive of drug itemiser operations and co-operate fully.
“This is really positive action helping make our venues safer places for our customers. This is one of many great initiatives we are very much on board with, particularly as it links in to Healthy Nightlife and our united aspiration to achieve Purple Flag status for our city centre’s nightlife.
“Such positive action will go some way to changing the perception of Swansea’s nightlife, which has an increasingly diverse and attractive offering in a unique and compact area."
He added: “Anything we can do to support making the area even safer and reduce crime further we will happily participate in.”