Plastic glasses introduced in district of Greater Manchester

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Victory: Michael Shepherd (left) has won a campaign to introduce plastic glasses to region
Victory: Michael Shepherd (left) has won a campaign to introduce plastic glasses to region
Plastic glasses have been introduced across a district of Greater Manchester following a three-year campaign by the partner of a woman killed in a glassing incident.

The Pub and Clubwatch scheme in Heywood, Rochdale, has backed the campaign by Michael Shepherd whose partner Emma O’Kane lost her life at the Queen Anne pub on 27 December 2008.

All 22 nightspots in the scheme have now committed to use the new polycarbonate glasses, after funding was made available through Rochdale’s Community Safety Partnership and the Heywood Township.

Inspector Steve Clarke, from Heywood Police, said: “When Michael came to talk to us earlier this year, we were all very moved by what he had to say. The tragic incident shows what can happen when glasses are used as a weapon.

"Three young children have lost their mother and Michael has been left without his partner. In light of this horrific attack, we were more than happy to support Michael’s worthwhile campaign.”

Shepherd said: ““To have the support of all the Heywood Pub and Club Watch members means a lot, and the family and I would like to thank everyone so much for taking part in this initiative.”

Councillor Martin Burke, Cabinet member for internal and environmental services at Rochdale Council, said: “The licensed industry has raised concerns about polycarbonate glasses in the past.

“But when the pubwatch members saw them they were really impressed. When you hold them in your hand, they feel almost identical to glass, they’re a very similar weight to glass and keep the drinks cooler and fresher for longer. The landlords are happy that they won’t compromise the drinking experience.”

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