REVIEW OF THE YEAR: Pubwatch scheme’s zero tolerance approach

PUBLISHED: 10:57 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

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FENLAND District Council teamed up with Cambridgeshire Police to re-launch Pubwatch in a bid sign up pub landlords to a zero tolerance approach to customers who are involved in threatening behaviour, violence, disorder or who are involved in drugs. Pubwat

FENLAND District Council teamed up with Cambridgeshire Police to re-launch Pubwatch in a bid sign up pub landlords to a zero tolerance approach to customers who are involved in threatening behaviour, violence, disorder or who are involved in drugs.

Pubwatch was the licensed trade's equivalent of Neighbourhood Watch. Landlords banded together to adopt a common approach to dealing with bad behaviour in pubs across Wisbech and surrounding villages.

More than 60 landlords attended the event, which was hosted by the council at Exchange Tower in July.

The meeting was also attended by council officers, police and representatives from large national breweries and local breweries. The aim of Pubwatch was to reduce the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour in and around pubs in order to protect staff and customers as well as preserve and improve the environment for valued customers and to foster a good working relationship between local authorities, police and the courts.

Licensees were responsible for running the scheme with the support of the police. Wisbech Pubwatch had a radio system linked to the police station to ensure an instant communications network between Pubwatch members.

Cllr Kit Owen, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities and Chairman of the Licensing Committee, said: "We are committed to making Fenland a safer and more pleasant environment and by working together with the police and local landlords we are going to 'freeze out' any unruly elements who cause problems in our pubs.


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