NPW Star Awards – Tyneside

From left to right: Nick Owen, Nick Chapman, C/Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Bill Sproates and Barry Neaber


Three worthy Pubwatch Chairmen received NPW STAR Awards at South Tyneside Police Headquarters.

They were nominated by NPW North East Regional Representative Bill Sproates for their outstanding social responsibility and they were presented with their certificates by Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt.

The recipients of the award were Nick Owen Washington Pubwatch, Barry Neaber South Shields Pubwatch and Nick Chapman from Sunderland City Pubwatch.

Police Inspector’s from each area gave an introduction, highlighting the great work that each Chair has achieved in promoting good practice and making their pubs and communities safer.

Barry Neaber first became involved with South Shields Pubwatch in 2007 when working for South Tyneside Councils Licensing Team. On his retirement in 2008 he became the honorary Chairman. He is credited with refining the schemes documentation which has been adopted by all the South Tyneside schemes. He is commonly known as Mr Pubwatch and is highly respected by the neighbouring policing team, member premises and door supervisors.

Nick Owen is involved in the management of two licensed premises in Washington and is a registered SIA door supervisor. He is described by the local policing team as being the ‘constant and familiar face’ on Concord Front Street. He is passionate about the scheme and was responsible for identifying the importance of vulnerability training, which has been rolled out throughout the Washington area.

Nick Chapman manages one of the most high profile licensed premises in Sunderland City. He is described by local police as everything you would want from a Pubwatch Chair; responsible, caring and the catalyst for everything good about the scheme, which makes his contribution so effective.

The group followed the ceremony with a small celebratory buffet lunch.