VIDEO: Town’s Pubwatch scheme is a big success

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Organisers of Horncastle’s highly successful Pubwatch scheme have urged other licensed premises to come forward and join them.

Eleven town-based public houses have ‘signed up’ and the project is going from strength-to-strength.

Pubwatch is supported by Horncastle Police, who say it has had a ‘positive impact’ on reducing crime and disorder - particularly at night.

Now, local Pubwatch chairman Ann Strachan is hoping other premises will join.

She said: “Pubwatch is a great idea. It brings all the pubs in the town together.

“Horncastle is a fantastic place for a night out. Families can come here knowing they can have fun and feel safe.

“Pubwatch has been a big factor in establishing that friendly atmosphere so the more pubs the better.”

Nationally, Pubwatch was founded in the 1990s.

It enables landlords and licensees to join together in an independent group which aims to prevent trouble.

It also promotes a safe and secure environment for customers and staff.

At the first sign potential problems, staff can phone other Pubwatch members with a warning.

Also, anyone found guilty of an offence in one pub will face a ‘blanket ban’ from other Pubwatch premises.

Local licensees Joanne Potter (The King’s Head) and Tracey Handley (The Crown) said the scheme was a major success.

Tracey said: “It’s good to know that we have the back-up - if and when we ever needed it,”

PCSO Nigel Wass praised the success of the Horncastle scheme.

He said: “It’s not just about crime and disorder. It’s about sharing information and promoting the town as a safe place.”

He explained Pubwatch could prove important this summer when the World Cup will lead to increased drinking and later opening hours.




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