New PubWatch scheme to launch in Spalding on Tuesday

Sean Packham and Jason Kibble of Ye Old White Horse with Pub Watch co-ordinator Stuart Brotherton
Sean Packham and Jason Kibble of Ye Old White Horse with Pub Watch co-ordinator Stuart Brotherton
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A number of hotels, pubs and nightclubs in the town have teamed up to help keep Spalding’s streets safe this Christmas.

Launching on Tuesday, December 1 at Ye Olde White Horse, the new PubWatch scheme aims to bring together licensees to prevent issues such as underage drinking, anti-social behaviour, violence and improve the safety for customers and staff.

Spalding has a vibrant town centre and attracts shoppers and visitors all year round, especially over the festive season

incolnshire Chamber of Commerce’s Stuart Brotherton

The scheme, commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and delivered by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, will work by sharing information on problem individuals or groups.

Through the use of a new radio system and CCTV linked to a central control room in Boston, local businesses can alert each other to any potential incidents or troublemakers.

It will also allow partners to recognise the early signs of incident and respond accordingly, as well as taking evidence which can be used in court.

As part of the scheme, members will also meet regularly to discuss its ‘banned from one, banned from all’ policy which means that when one member decides that a person or group should be banned from premises, all pubs involved in the scheme can refuse entry. This policy has been used in other places in the county and has been very impactful.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce’s Stuart Brotherton, who delivers the project, said: “Spalding has a vibrant town centre and attracts shoppers and visitors all year round, especially over the festive season.

“That’s why we decided to launch Spalding’s PubWatch scheme at the beginning of December. We hope that by joining up our resources and by sharing information, we can stamp out any bad behaviour in the area, ensuring the local community and visitors are kept safe and local businesses prosper.

“We already have 12 businesses signed up, which represents a large proportion of licensed premises, and I’m confident that over the next few months more will become involved.

“This PubWatch is in everyone’s interest; employers, employees and patrons to make the social environment of our pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants as safe as possible.”

Superintendent Mark Housley, county officer for public protection at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “The introduction of a PubWatch scheme in Spalding will allow us to start changing the culture of behaviour in the town centre.

“The scheme brings together businesses and licencees with the Police and other agencies to share information about problem customers or suspicious activity, so action can be taken swiftly.

“It will allow us to prevent offences, reduce alcohol related anti-social behaviour and tackle the small minority who cause most of the trouble.

“It’s been really well received by the businesses in the area and I’m sure this will be the first step in making Spalding an even safer place to live, work and enjoy.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick, said: “We need to keep our communities safe, and this new PubWatch scheme will hopefully act as a deterrent in reducing anti-social behaviour in the area. This project will go a long way in helping to prevent underage drinking or excessive levels of drinking which cause anti-social behaviour in our communities.”

Any pubs or restaurants interested in joining the scheme should contact Stuart Brotherton on 01522 523333 or email stuart.brotherton@lincs-chamber.co.uk