Penalty for being drunk while in charge of child.

24 Jan

Today’s National press reported on a decision  taken by a manager at a leading National pub chain  to put a poster up in the venue  which has attracted a lot of attention.

The manager in question placed a notice in their premises advising customers with children that they will be limited to only 2 alcoholic drinks.  The Operator in question has commented that this is company policy and reflects their commitment to promoting the licensing objectives and has reported receiving  ‘good feedback’.

You will all probably be aware that Under the Licensing Act 2003 All licensed premises are responsible for upholding and promoting the licensing objectives which includes the Protection of Children from Harm.

But did you know that it is a specific offence to be drunk while in charge of a child?  The offence is over 100 years old, but still in force

Parts of the Licensing Act 1902 are still in force and s.2 creates an offence of being drunk in a public place when in charge of a child under the age of 7. 

A person found guilty of the offence may be liable to a £500 fine or up to one month in prison.

Law correct at the date of publication.
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