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National Pubwatch Newsletter - February 2015

RAOUL DE VAUX OBE
 
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Raoul De Vaux; one of the founding members of National Pubwatch and its Chairman until his retirement in 2007...(read more here)
 
THE 2015 NATIONAL PUBWATCH CONFERENCE AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS
 
We are pleased to report that the latest NPW conference received overwhelming praise from both delegates and exhibitors for the range and quality of its presentations and its hospitality...(read more here)
 
THE SEARCH FOR THE 2015 DIAGEO NATIONAL PUBWATCH SCHEME OF THE YEAR BEGINS
 
The 2015 Diageo National Pubwatch Awards were recently launched by Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, who announced that the application process will officially open on Monday 6 April 2015 and run until Friday 17 July 2015. This will culminate in a prestigious award ceremony held in the autumn of 2015 in the House of Commons...(read more here)
 
CHECK THAT YOUR VODKA IS SAFE - WESTON-SUPER-MARE
 
Counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka with potential health hazards has been discovered at a number of retail shops and bars in Weston-super-Mare just before Christmas...(read more here)

A MAN WHO STOLE A WALLET FROM AN UNSUSPECTING REVELLER HAS BEEN JAILED.
 
The victim in this case, a 56-year-old man, was at the Paramount Bar on the evening of Thursday 17 December 2013, when he placed his coat on the back of his chair. After he had left the bar he noticed his wallet, which was handed into Oxford Road train station minus some cash later in the evening, missing from his pocket...(read more here)
 
FROM CHELSEA TO NEWQUAY - POLICE CALL IN DEVICE TO FRUSTRATE HANDBAG THIEVES
 
Handbag snatchers who target women in Newquay will be facing a powerful deterrent this summer in the form of a small plastic clip.  Police in the town have received funding for a new innovative preventative measure called the Chelsea clip to use in pubs and clubs to reduce handbag thefts...(read more here)
 
MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR STABBING WOLVERHAMPTON DOORMAN
 
A man has been jailed for 14 years for stabbing a doorman through the heart after being denied entry to a Wolverhampton pub.  Craig Birch, aged 31, was found guilty of wounding with intent in December at Wolverhampton Crown Court...(read more here) 
 
NORTHAMPTON PUBWATCH BACKS CAMPAIGN OVER SPIKED DRINKS AFTER VICTIM SPEAKS OUT
 
Thousands of revellers and students in Northampton have been warned to stay safe when out drinking this festive season. A drink spiking awareness campaign launched by Northampton marketing and PR agency, Rocket, has gained momentum and support.  The awareness campaign has also been welcomed by Northampton Pubwatch, which will be organising the printing of posters, created by Rocket, for its Pubwatch members to be distributed amongst venues in Northampton town centre...(read more here)
 
PRISON FOR MAN WHO BROKE INTO A WALTON PUB
 
A man was jailed for 27 months for trying to set fire to the Hermitage Tavern in Walton, after breaking into the pub by smashing a downstairs window with a hammer.  He then stole cash from its tills, fruit machines and a charity box, before causing a flood by vandalising beer pumps in March last year...(read more here)
 
PUB AND CLUB DOOR STAFF TO WEAR 'BODY CAMERAS' TO DETER VIOLENT CUSTOMERS
 
Door staff at bars and clubs in two Leicestershire towns, Ashby and Coalville, commenced wearing small digital cameras - ‘bodycams’ - on their chests just before Christmas to deter rowdy behaviour...(read more here)
 
RYEDALE'S POLICE CHIEF SAYS PUBWATCH HAS CONTRIBUTED TO WEEKEND NTE 'FEELING SAFER'
 
Ryedale’s police chief has outlined the priorities of the force and its partners in the coming year. Alongside its crime-fighting duties, Inspector Andy Everitt said the focus during 2015 would be on supporting the “vulnerable” across the district whether they be victims of domestic violence, people with mental health issues or women who may find themselves at risk after becoming intoxicated...(read more here)
 
SECURITY ADVICE
 
In light of the recent terrorist outrage in Paris we think that bars and clubs should be reminded of the recent advice given during National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week...(read more here)
 
TESTING, TESTING: POLICE TELL MUSIC PROMOTERS THEY MUST PASS EXAM TO HOLD EVENTS IN CROYDON
 
Music promoters have been told they must sit an exam if they are to hold events in Croydon town centre.  Croydon police have introduced the requirement following an increase in violent offences and antisocial behaviour connected to the night time economy...(read more here)
 
WARNING OVER DANGEROUS DRUGS CRAZE IN WELLINGBOROUGH PUBS AND CLUBS
 
Wellingborough’s Pubwatch and police have teamed up to ban the legal high - Nitrous oxide - being taken in their premises.  Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas – has several legitimate uses, but when inhaled it can make people feel euphoric and relaxed. Some people hallucinate.  However, there is also a risk of death as it can lead to a lack of oxygen...(read more here)
 
MAN DUBBED THE 'WORM BURGLAR' SENTENCED FOR STRING OF PUB BURGLARIES

Between 11 March 2013 and Sunday 11 May 2014, Leigh Cassidy targeted pubs in the Stockport, Chorlton and Levenshulme areas. Each time he broke into the buildings, he raided the gaming machines, stealing money.  Recently he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court.  He has also been sentenced for a burglary at a pub in Derbyshire...(read more here)
 
PUBWATCH RELAUNCHED
 
Anyone banned from one pub in Barry will face being banned by every pub in the town for a minimum of 12 months, under a newly launched Pubwatch scheme...(read more here)
 
RADIO LINK TO BE RE-INSTALLED TO KEEP LATE-NIGHT REVELLERS SAFE IN BRAINTREE
 
A pub radio link to keep late-night revellers safe is set to be revamped after being out of action for months. The Braintree Pubwatch group, BOBB (Behave or Be Banned), are working with Braintree Council and Essex Police to set up a new link between seven or eight town centre pubs, police and the CCTV hub in George Yard...(read more here)
 
CRIMES AT PUBS AND CLUBS IN IPSWICH FALL BY ALMOST 30% IN TWO YEARS
 
Efforts to cut late-night alcohol-fuelled violence in Ipswich were last night praised after it emerged crimes at pubs and clubs have fallen by almost 30% in just two years.  Adrian Smith, chairman of the Ipswich Bar Watch scheme and landlord of the Dove Street Inn, said the research was not surprising and suggested it could improve confidence levels and boost trading figures...(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

 




 

RAOUL DE VAUX OBE
 
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Raoul De Vaux; one of the founding members of National Pubwatch and its Chairman until his retirement in 2007...(read more here)
 
THE 2015 NATIONAL PUBWATCH CONFERENCE AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS
 
We are pleased to report that the latest NPW conference received overwhelming praise from both delegates and exhibitors for the range and quality of its presentations and its hospitality...(read more here)
 
THE SEARCH FOR THE 2015 DIAGEO NATIONAL PUBWATCH SCHEME OF THE YEAR BEGINS
 
The 2015 Diageo National Pubwatch Awards were recently launched by Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, who announced that the application process will officially open on Monday 6 April 2015 and run until Friday 17 July 2015. This will culminate in a prestigious award ceremony held in the autumn of 2015 in the House of Commons...(read more here)
 
CHECK THAT YOUR VODKA IS SAFE - WESTON-SUPER-MARE
 
Counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka with potential health hazards has been discovered at a number of retail shops and bars in Weston-super-Mare just before Christmas...(read more here)

A MAN WHO STOLE A WALLET FROM AN UNSUSPECTING REVELLER HAS BEEN JAILED.
 
The victim in this case, a 56-year-old man, was at the Paramount Bar on the evening of Thursday 17 December 2013, when he placed his coat on the back of his chair. After he had left the bar he noticed his wallet, which was handed into Oxford Road train station minus some cash later in the evening, missing from his pocket...(read more here)
 
FROM CHELSEA TO NEWQUAY - POLICE CALL IN DEVICE TO FRUSTRATE HANDBAG THIEVES
 
Handbag snatchers who target women in Newquay will be facing a powerful deterrent this summer in the form of a small plastic clip.  Police in the town have received funding for a new innovative preventative measure called the Chelsea clip to use in pubs and clubs to reduce handbag thefts...(read more here)
 
MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR STABBING WOLVERHAMPTON DOORMAN
 
A man has been jailed for 14 years for stabbing a doorman through the heart after being denied entry to a Wolverhampton pub.  Craig Birch, aged 31, was found guilty of wounding with intent in December at Wolverhampton Crown Court...(read more here) 
 
NORTHAMPTON PUBWATCH BACKS CAMPAIGN OVER SPIKED DRINKS AFTER VICTIM SPEAKS OUT
 
Thousands of revellers and students in Northampton have been warned to stay safe when out drinking this festive season. A drink spiking awareness campaign launched by Northampton marketing and PR agency, Rocket, has gained momentum and support.  The awareness campaign has also been welcomed by Northampton Pubwatch, which will be organising the printing of posters, created by Rocket, for its Pubwatch members to be distributed amongst venues in Northampton town centre...(read more here)
 
PRISON FOR MAN WHO BROKE INTO A WALTON PUB
 
A man was jailed for 27 months for trying to set fire to the Hermitage Tavern in Walton, after breaking into the pub by smashing a downstairs window with a hammer.  He then stole cash from its tills, fruit machines and a charity box, before causing a flood by vandalising beer pumps in March last year...(read more here)
 
PUB AND CLUB DOOR STAFF TO WEAR 'BODY CAMERAS' TO DETER VIOLENT CUSTOMERS
 
Door staff at bars and clubs in two Leicestershire towns, Ashby and Coalville, commenced wearing small digital cameras - ‘bodycams’ - on their chests just before Christmas to deter rowdy behaviour...(read more here)
 
RYEDALE'S POLICE CHIEF SAYS PUBWATCH HAS CONTRIBUTED TO WEEKEND NTE 'FEELING SAFER'
 
Ryedale’s police chief has outlined the priorities of the force and its partners in the coming year. Alongside its crime-fighting duties, Inspector Andy Everitt said the focus during 2015 would be on supporting the “vulnerable” across the district whether they be victims of domestic violence, people with mental health issues or women who may find themselves at risk after becoming intoxicated...(read more here)
 
SECURITY ADVICE
 
In light of the recent terrorist outrage in Paris we think that bars and clubs should be reminded of the recent advice given during National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week...(read more here)
 
TESTING, TESTING: POLICE TELL MUSIC PROMOTERS THEY MUST PASS EXAM TO HOLD EVENTS IN CROYDON
 
Music promoters have been told they must sit an exam if they are to hold events in Croydon town centre.  Croydon police have introduced the requirement following an increase in violent offences and antisocial behaviour connected to the night time economy...(read more here)
 
WARNING OVER DANGEROUS DRUGS CRAZE IN WELLINGBOROUGH PUBS AND CLUBS
 
Wellingborough’s Pubwatch and police have teamed up to ban the legal high - Nitrous oxide - being taken in their premises.  Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas – has several legitimate uses, but when inhaled it can make people feel euphoric and relaxed. Some people hallucinate.  However, there is also a risk of death as it can lead to a lack of oxygen...(read more here)
 
MAN DUBBED THE 'WORM BURGLAR' SENTENCED FOR STRING OF PUB BURGLARIES

Between 11 March 2013 and Sunday 11 May 2014, Leigh Cassidy targeted pubs in the Stockport, Chorlton and Levenshulme areas. Each time he broke into the buildings, he raided the gaming machines, stealing money.  Recently he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Minshull Street Crown Court.  He has also been sentenced for a burglary at a pub in Derbyshire...(read more here)
 
PUBWATCH RELAUNCHED
 
Anyone banned from one pub in Barry will face being banned by every pub in the town for a minimum of 12 months, under a newly launched Pubwatch scheme...(read more here)
 
RADIO LINK TO BE RE-INSTALLED TO KEEP LATE-NIGHT REVELLERS SAFE IN BRAINTREE
 
A pub radio link to keep late-night revellers safe is set to be revamped after being out of action for months. The Braintree Pubwatch group, BOBB (Behave or Be Banned), are working with Braintree Council and Essex Police to set up a new link between seven or eight town centre pubs, police and the CCTV hub in George Yard...(read more here)
 
CRIMES AT PUBS AND CLUBS IN IPSWICH FALL BY ALMOST 30% IN TWO YEARS
 
Efforts to cut late-night alcohol-fuelled violence in Ipswich were last night praised after it emerged crimes at pubs and clubs have fallen by almost 30% in just two years.  Adrian Smith, chairman of the Ipswich Bar Watch scheme and landlord of the Dove Street Inn, said the research was not surprising and suggested it could improve confidence levels and boost trading figures...(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

 




 
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