March landlord calls for tougher action on crime after High Street stabbing

PUBLISHED: 17:29 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 13 July 2018

March pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTER

March pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTER

HARRY RUTTER

A March pub landlord is calling for tougher crime prevention in the town after a man was stabbed following a night out.

March pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTERMarch pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTER

Nigel Marsh, who has been landlord at The Georges since 2011, spoke to the paper about a spate of incidents in the area recently.

It comes as last weekend a man in his 20s was stabbed after a fight broke out between 10 people.

Currently no arrests have been made.

A few days prior, an over-excited England fan was caught exposing himself in the middle of the road after a World Cup win.

March pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTERMarch pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTER

Mr Marsh said: “There have been a lot of incidents recently and sadly when the police get here it’s all over and done with.

“We have had someone dancing in the street exposed, incidents around Sainsbury’s and now a stabbing in the High Street.

“This is how society is going and it doesn’t help not having a police presence to look after the area.

“It gives a degree of safety and comfort to know that the police are at hand and there is some sort of governance going on in the high street – especially on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

March pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTERMarch pub landlord, Nigel Marsh, calls for tougher action on crime in the town. Picture: HARRY RUTTER

“We all need to get together and limit individuals coming out with the aim of causing injury and harm to others.”

Mr Marsh said that he feared that if one landlord intervened in a situation – they too could get injured too.

“Going back to the 80s and 90s there was always fights and incidents but the difference is now is that blades are being used and therefore people are far less in control – it is quite bad at the minute,” he added.

“There are 10 landlords in the town centre and we need to make sure that we have respect over people in the High Street to help us.

“If one landlord tries to step out and control the rights and wrongs of society then we could be stabbed in the street, so we need to get people working with us to move forward to a safer society.

“We need stronger communication for people with the council’s Pubwatch scheme.

“Councillor Jan French has also set up a survey to encourage getting more bobbies on the beat – we need to get behind things like this.”

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