MPs urged to support pubwatch

By John Harrington

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Related tags: Violent crime, Alcoholism, Crime, National pubwatch

MPs urged to support pubwatch
National Pubwatch writes to every MP stressing how pubwatches help reduce crime

National Pubwatch has written to every MP urging support for grassroots pubwatch groups.

The letter stresses how the banned from one, banned from all approach can slash crime at pubs and clubs.

A DVD, Pubwatch:Working in Partnership​, made for the Sky Pub Channel, has also been sent.

This contains interviews with licensees and police and shows how pubwatches in Derby and Reading caused violent crime to fall 23% and 25% respectively.

The letter says: "At a time when reports of binge drinking, alcohol abuse and violence seem to dominate the media I thought that you would like to know about a good news story. It's a subject that doesn't usually attract banner headlines or demand public funding so you may not be intimately aware of the fact that there is a proven, cost effective way of reducing drink related violent crime in our towns and cities and it is called Pubwatch.

"For over 10 years the National Pubwatch Scheme has been working with the police and pub trade to create a safer drinking environment.

"In that time we have been instrumental in setting up over 500 new schemes, which have had a direct and positive effect on local communities.

"We believe that the problems associated with alcohol related violent crime are best dealt with by the police and pub trade working together in partnership.

"We encourage local licensees to take the lead in setting standards of behaviour for their customers.

"The corner stone of which is the sanction of banning problem individuals from every pub or club in the locality.

"We believe in the rights of the majority of the population to have a safe and enjoyable night out without fear of intimidation or violence.

"I hope that you can find the time to watch this film as I know that you will be impressed by the dedication of the individuals working in Derby City and Reading and surprised by the impressive results that they have achieved in bringing down crime.

"I would ask you the question - is this something that you would want to see in your area for the benefit of your constituents?"

For more information on National Pubwatch see​.

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