Fostering close working relationships among licensees, the police, local authorities and other agencies enhances safe drinking environments.
Andy Haith (pictured right), pub manager at The Obediah Brooke, in Cleckheaton, has played a key role in the relaunch of the town’s pubwatch scheme.
The safety initiative in the West Yorkshire town was started a few years ago. However, a relaunch, just before the new year, is now encouraging more licensed premises to become involved.
The Cleckheaton pubwatch scheme is a partnership between licensees and the Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).
All participating venues are issued with specialist radios, linked to those held by the town’s retailers, to report incidents of drunkenness, violence or intimidation. Persistent troublemakers will face lengthy or lifetime bans from the pubs. Andy, who initiated and organised the relaunch, said: “To work most effectively, any pubwatch scheme must foster close working relationships among licensees, the police, local authorities and other agencies.
“By working together and keeping problems outside of their premises, licensees will make it easier for the police to identify troublemakers and subsequently deal with them. “It is essential that staff may work and customers socialise in a safe and friendly environment, not only at The Obediah Brooke – but at every venue in Cleckheaton.”
PC Chris Birkenshaw (pictured left, with Inspector Tim Holland), from Spen NPT, told the Spenborough Guardian: “The incentive for pubs to join the scheme is that they can work together, ensuring that troublemakers are removed completely.”