£12,000 boost for Pubwatch

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National Pubwatch, the organisation that supports local pubwatch schemes, has received a huge financial boost after three brewers and the BII...

National Pubwatch, the organisation that supports local pubwatch schemes, has received a huge financial boost after three brewers and the BII (British Institute of Innkeeping) pledged £12,000 per year between them.

It comes as National Pubwatch plans to write to Home Secretary Charles Clarke in its latest bid to secure Government funding for the body.

Greene King, Caledonian Brewery, Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch, and the BII have become National Pubwatch's first corporate sponsors. They pledged the cash after a meeting of trade groups, police and local authorities, at the House of Lords last month.

"It's guaranteed funding; we haven't got to go out hunting," said National Pubwatch honorary secretary Malcolm Eidmans. "The time that we spent in the past trying to get money can be spent doing better things."

Eidmans was "hopeful" that other pub operators would follow the lead and stump up cash.

Last time National Pubwatch approached the Government for funding, it received a written rejection from Home Office minister Hazel Blears.

Eidmans added: "Charles Clarke has spoken quite favour-ably about Pubwatch in the past so we will wait and see."

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