Aberdeen pub joins scheme to help reduce alcohol-related violence


The Cocket Hat, on North Anderson Drive

A scheme aimed at reducing alcohol-related violence in an Aberdeen community has expanded.

The Mastrick Pubwatch initiative, which was launched in June, initially comprised of police and representatives from Murdo’s Bar, the Three Lums, Gray’s Inn and Croft Tavern.

This month the Cocket Hat, on North Anderson Drive, joined the scheme.

Mastrick Sergeant Craig Humphrey said: “The pubwatch scheme launched earlier this year has had a positive start and I am pleased that another local premises has agreed to join.

“The Cocket Hat is now part of the scheme which looks to share information and best practice between licensed premises within Mastrick. Anyone who causes trouble can be banned from entering any of the Pubwatch establishments for a period of time from anything upwards of six months to life depending on the offences committed.

“A ban from one Pubwatch premises means a ban from all of the scheme’s current members. The pubwatch scheme isn’t about spoiling nights out for patrons, we want people to continue to enjoy socialising in a safe and enjoyable manner, however we do want them to remember that their actions have consequences not only at one premises but all of those in the scheme.”

Sarah Benzie, manager at the Cocket Hat, said: “We are pleased to be involved in the Pubwatch scheme and look forward to working with the police and other licensed premises in the area in the future.”

Sgt Humphrey added: “Pubwatch will obviously be running over the festive period as it does all throughout the year and so I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to drink sensibly.”

Councillor for Northfield and Mastrick North, Gordon Graham, said: “It’s a positive thing, it’s a good scheme. They’re all well-run establishments, so it’s a good pro-active move.”

Story and photograph courtesy of Evening Express www.eveningexpress.co.uk