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Pubs encouraged to look after locals during cold snaps

An expert in leisure and licensing law is urging landlords to watch out for vulnerable customers if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Experts at the Met office are predicting the mild winter will soon end with snow and ice for many parts of the country.

Winter can be a dangerous time for some, with figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that over the winter of 2017-18 there were nearly 46,000 ‘excess winter deaths’ among people aged 65 and over.

Now Malcolm Ireland, head of Leisure & Licensing at regional law firm Napthens, is appealing to licensees to keep an eye on older and vulnerable customers if the weather changes.

He said: “For many people, their local pub is an important part of the local community, and it’s important to watch out for anyone that may show signs of struggling in cold weather.

“It might be that landlords and staff can chat to regulars to see if there is anything that can be done to help, or making sure people have a taxi or other way of getting home at the end of a night.

“Working together in this way, as a community, could help make life easier for older and vulnerable people and even potentially save lives.”

Leisure & Licensing - head of Leisure & Licensing - Malcolm Ireland