Pubwatch cuts crime by 50%

By Tony Halstead

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Pubwatch scheme has helped cut disorder
Pubwatch scheme has helped cut disorder
Violent crime has been cut by almost 50% across two Lancashire towns over the past four years thanks to a local Pubwatch scheme.

Violent crime has been cut by almost 50% across two Lancashire towns over the past four years thanks to a local Pubwatch scheme.

Police and council licensing officers say the reduction is largely due to the work of the 43 member group operating at pubs in Barnoldswick and Earby.

Incidents have been cut from 217 per year recorded in 2005 to just 112 last year in the two towns where every pub is now a member.

Licensing officer Mick Armfield said the scheme had been so effective thanks to a genuine partnership arrangement with police and licensing officers.

"The members of the scheme have demonstrated on numerous occasions that they are more than willing to go the extra mile," he said.

The Pubwatch currently has a total of 46 banning orders in place with 12 people subject to lifetime bans from the area's pubs.

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