Police speak out in support of Pubwatch following night of pub violence in Bridport

July 26, 2017

Night of pub violence in Bridport

FOLLOWING a number of incidents of violence and disorder, Bridport police are urging members of the public to drink responsibly and reminding them of the Pubwatch scheme.

The organisation covers independent pubs, restaurants and brewery owned premises in Bridport, Beaminster, West Bay, Burton Bradstock and Chideock and works closely with Dorset Police to reduce crime and disorder.

Earlier this month, fights broke out in licensed premises in Bridport, sparking the warning from PC Scott McGregor.
On Sunday, July 16th, a fight was reported to have broken out in the Greyhound pub at around 1.45am. It involved a number of people who were throwing glasses and bottles and causing a disturbance.

Later that night a fight broke out at The Galley on South Street at around 2.45am when a male was head-butted by another male. The victim of the attack was then led out to the street by door staff but the fight continued outside and the victim was assaulted by four males. He sustained cuts and bruises to his body.

PC McGregor said: “As the summer season events are taking place, member premises within the scheme will report behaviour of anyone who engages in acts of violence, threatens or puts another in fear of violence or is suspected of the misuse of drugs or other anti-social acts.

“At regular meetings the behaviour is discussed and they are subject to a vote by all members and, if appropriate, can be warned or banned from all Pubwatch premises to protect staff and public.

“A ban by a Pubwatch is not a punishment for the offences committed or suspected by that person, but is imposed by licensees to protect their staff and customers.”

He added: “At present there are 45 people currently banned with a mixture of short and long term bans and because of the close cooperation with Dorset Police, court orders have been obtained by me to support member licensees in their bid to reduce alcohol related crime.

“These orders imposed by a court, if breached the individual is subject to arrest and prosecution, often being held in custody until the next available court hearing.

“With a number of cases impending in court over the summer, my advice is don’t become the next high profile court case because of your irresponsible actions within licensed premises.

“Speaking on behalf of all who work and support the licensing trade to reduce crime, my advice is to drink responsibly.”

There is an appeal for information on the two incidents and people are encouraged to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting crime number 55170108445 for the first incident and 551701 08414 for the second, if they have any information.
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