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National Pubwatch Newsletter - February 2014

NATIONAL PUBWATCH CONFERENCE 2014 - REMINDER
A final reminder that our next Conference is being held on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at The Palace Hotel, Manchester. The conference titled ‘Protect and Promote your Pubwatch through Partnership Working’ will be opened by Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy of Greater Manchester Police. Speakers will include Chief Constable Adrian Lee, the Alcohol Lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers and Mark Baird, Chief Executive of Diageo. The two Breakout Sessions will address:–
 

  • how to run a successful Pubwatch, including how to protect your Pubwatch from legal challenges and other threats and
  • how engaging in partnership working helps promote your business as part of a safe and vibrant late night economy
    We are pleased to welcome back Stephen Walsh QC who has considerable experience in representing Pubwatch schemes which have faced legal challenge.
    We pride ourselves on providing an interesting and value for money experience – Pubwatch members pay only £17, which includes lunch and refreshments.
     
    To see the draft conference programme, location details and to register, visit

 
NATIONAL PUBWATCH REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE –
MARK WORTHINGTON
We continue news about the work of several of our volunteer Regional Representatives who provide an important link between NPW and local schemes. This month we would like to tell you about Mark Worthington who is our Regional Representative for East Midlands...(read more here)

 
SOME INITIATIVES FROM AROUND THE UK

‘KNOCK BACK’ CARDS
CORBY PUBWATCH have introduced “Knock Back” cards which they give to customers who are not going to get entry or served in an effort to reduce conflict...(read more here)

LIFE-SAVING DEFIBRILLATORS
HORWICH AND BLACKROD PUBWATCH jumped at the chance of putting eight defibrillators in bars and pubs across the area to help give people potentially life-saving treatment...(read more here) 
 
WALKIE-TALKIES
LEIGH PUBWATCH has spent £1,200 on a radio system, which went live on Monday, allowing its members to pass on information about drunk, violent or abusive punters...(read more here)
 
ENJOY YOURSELF BUT BEHAVE
Party-goers in LICHFIELD were asked to “enjoy themselves sensibly” over the Christmas period.  The Townsafe team, which include their Pubwatch, anticipated more people drinking in the city centre and want it to be a pleasant experience for everyone void of anti-social behaviour and violence...(read more here)
 
MONEY RAISED FOR STREET PASTORS
Pubs and Clubs in WIMBLEDON have shown terrific support for the Merton Street Pastors by raising a collection of £1,100 to be donated to the voluntary group. For a month many of the venues in Wimbledon had collection boxes for the Merton Pastors as a way of expressing their appreciation and support for the worthwhile work of the volunteers...(read more here)
 
BID TO IMPROVE LATE-NIGHT SAFETY
Late night venues will pay an extra levy to help reduce crime and disorder and improve safety in the READING town centre, if a new Business Improvement District (BID) is given the go-ahead. The cash would pay for a mobile first aid centre, taxi marshals, street pastors and schemes to ensure pubs and clubs are run safely...(read more here)
 
WEEKEND REVELLERS ENJOY MOCKTAILS
DARLINGTON town’s council worked with Pubwatch to organise the alcohol-free night out to support Balance and Alcohol Concern’s Dry January campaign, which encourages people to give up boozing for a month...(read more here)
 
BASILDON BOBB CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY
The Basildon District Pubwatch has now been running for a year, and has seen 60 people banned from over 24 licensed premises across the district, thanks to the Behave or Be Banned (BOBB) scheme it incorporates...(read more here)
 
HELPING REDUCE ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
ROATH PUBWATCH IN CARDIFF was the first to be launched in the city in 2012 with the aim of pubs working together, and with local officers, to keep troublemakers out.
After a second festive season with the scheme in place, landlords are noticing a difference…(read more here)

 
IDENTITY CHECKS
 
NEW ‘ID’ RULES IMPOSED
Young revellers enjoying nights out in the steel town of SCUNTHORPE have been told that they must carry acceptable ID at all times...(read more here)
 
RISE OF FAKE IDs
Officers say more youngsters are being caught using other people’s driving licences and passports, or fake identification, in an attempt to get into pubs in WARRINGTON.  Members of the local Pubwatch, who work alongside police, are clamping down on underage drinking...(read more here)
 
FALSE AND STOLEN ID CARDS ON THE INCREASE
 
POLICE have warned of an increase in false and stolen IDs being used in pubs in Clitheroe and Whalley. The issue was raised at a recent meeting of the CLITHEROE AND WHALLEY PUB WATCH, which includes members of the local police team and landlords...(read more here)
 

DRUG-RELATED INITIATIVES
 
TACKING DRUG-RELATED ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Wyre Council and FLEETWOOD Police have joined forces with landlords to tackle drug related anti social behaviour in the town's pubs.  Seven premises were randomly visited in a joint operation following requests from landlords in the Pubwatch scheme for support in dealing with the issue...(read more here)
 
DRUG AWARENESS COURSE
People who admit being drunk and disorderly can attend a £45 course rather than pay a £90 fine. WEST SUSSEX residents will have the opportunity to attend the Alcohol Diversion Scheme – similar to a speed awareness course but aimed at tackling alcohol abuse – if they are arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and admit the offence.  The scheme has been rolled out in West Sussex and is being supported by Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council, Pub Watch Schemes and Community Safety Partnerships....(read more here)
 
‘CHANCE TO CHANGE’ PILOT
A COLNE woman who was banned from the town’s pubs and clubs was given the Chance to Change and has turned her life around.  Since August  2013 anyone who'd normally be automatically banned for drink or drug related offences are given two options by licensees who are members of CAND (Communities Against Night-time Disorder), the town's Pubwatch scheme...(read more here)
 
 
NEW PUBWATCHES
 
A revitalised REDRUTH PUBWATCH scheme is now up and running with more than 35 pubs, bars and clubs signed up...(read more here)
 
Pubs, clubs and bars in WHITCHURCH, CARDIFF, have joined together to form a new Pubwatch scheme in time for the Christmas party season.  The licensees have agreed to meet regularly to discuss ways of improving pub safety for their customers, staff and local communities…(read more here)
 

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES
 
AFFECTED BY FLOODING? ADVICE FOR THE LICENSED TRADE
If you own, manage or work in a pub, club, brewery or off-licence that has been affected by the recent floods, Licensed Trade Support & Care may be able to help...(read more here)

WITHDRAWAL OF HOUBLON £50 B OF E NOTE
The Bank of England has announced that the old style £50 note, featuring Sir John Houblon on the reverse, will be withdrawn from circulation on 30 April 2014...(read more here)
 
NEW GUIDANCE ENSURES PUBS WILL BE REAL WINNERS IN BRAZIL 2014
With only 20 weeks to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced definitive guidance for pubs, to help ensure that this year’s World Cup screenings are a success...(read more here)
 

TOOLS AND RESOURCES
 
New Pubwatch Posters – view the range and download from here
Regional Map – check out your local representative here
Scheme Locator – make sure your Pubwatch is on the map – free registration here
New ‘Information Wanted’ Service – check the latest details here
Ask Dadds LLP – raise your questions here

 

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