Will and his team help to reinvigorate a local
scheme, working in partnership with the authorities
and other pubs for the benefit of the community
The Hippodrome, in Market Drayton is one of eight premises to sign up for the relaunch of the
town’s pubwatch scheme. Will Ashurst, pub manager at the Shropshire outlet, is keen to support
the local initiative, aimed at promoting best practice and safer socialising, across the licensed trade
in the town.
Will said: We are delighted to be involved with the relaunch of the Market Drayton pubwatch
scheme. Team work and co-operation among pubs, the police and local council are key to the
success of our night-time economy. We place a high priority on the safety of our staff and
customers and links with other licensed premises in the town can only help to improve the
environment for everyone involved.
Pubwatch is a nationwide initiative which enables licensees to work together, to discuss common
issues of concern and allows the exclusion of problematic customers from all membership venues,
for up to a year. The Market Drayton pubwatch scheme’s members meet police officers every three
months to discuss the problems arising, as well as the exclusion list.
Constable Mick Sturland, from Market Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: The pubwatch scheme
has always been in existence in Market Drayton, but, for one reason or another, had declined in recent times.
It was our intention, as soon as the Safer Neighbourhood Team was launched, to reinvigorate the scheme
to get the message home to those responsible for criminality inside our pubs and licensed premises that it will
not be tolerated.