De Vaux retires as Pubwatch chairman

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Raoul de Vaux - politician's licensee and veteran trade campaigner - has bowed out as chairman of National Pubwatch. His role has been filled by...

Raoul de Vaux - politician's licensee and veteran trade campaigner - has bowed out as chairman of National Pubwatch.

His role has been filled by Stephen Baker, former Thames Valley inspector and a founder of the award-winning Aylesbury Pubwatch.

De Vaux was in the merchant navy and the police, but is best known to the trade as licensee of the Red Lion in Whitehall. There, he enlisted the support of politicians to aid National Pubwatch, which he helped found in 1997.

De Vaux, a magistrate and founding member of the National Association of Licensed House Managers, received an OBE in 2003 for his work for the trade.

His departure was announced at the National Pubwatch conference this week, where he was presented with a gift of luggage to enable him to travel to the UK from Spain, where he will retire.

Baker paid tribute to de Vaux, who was made honorary vice-chairman: "Without your drive, commitment and effort, National Pubwatch would not have survived, nor would it have achieved the success it has."

Baker, who spent over 32 years with Thames Valley police and helped establish Aylesbury Pubwatch in 1995, said: "I believe in [National Pubwatch's] objectives and I want to see the organisation continue to grow and be an influential voice.

"Police and the pub trade must work together. It's the only way we will reduce

violent crime."

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