Pubwatch scheme aims to make Cullompton a safer place

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Cullompton Pubwatch has currently had two meetings and is encouraging those with interest in such a scheme to get involved

A new Pubwatch scheme has been launched in Cullompton

A new scheme has been launched bringing pubs across Cullompton together to make for a safer town.

Cullompton Pubwatch has currently had two meetings and is encouraging those with interest in such a scheme to get involved.

With help from Jane Jalota from the White Hart and Shayne Baker from the Manor, Cullompton Town Councillor Will Jones has started the group with local pubs and KDM Security, with the aim of creating a safer environment for people to enjoy the nightlife in Cullompton without worry about drugs or anti-social behaviour.

He said: “At the last meeting in March we had Martin Smith attend on behalf of the St Andrews Street Pastors, who are a valuable voluntary contribution to the local community and both MDDC licensing officers Vicky Lamb and Jackie Taylor attended, adding their experience and expertise were greatly appreciated.

“At the meeting they discussed the importance of not serving people who are too intoxicated, town radios to improve communications between local venues in case of emergency or incidents, panic buttons for lone workers to ensure the staffs safety and the ‘banned from one, banned from all’ policy, creating a stronger deterrent to antisocial and illegal activity within the local venues.

Kathryn Scully, deputy chairman of Cullompton Pubwatch, got involved as she provides security for the Manor and White Hart during weekends.

She said: “I have been here over a year and we see and hear lots of things going on in Cullompton. We’re working on the door, so we see the issues that are coming about in the town, and it was the landladies of the two venues that decided to come together and spoke to Will on how we could set this scheme up for the benefit of the community.

“There used to be a similar group which disbanded several months ago. The issues are slightly different to what they may have been then as Pubwatch is changing and as landladies and landlords change it’s only for the greater good that this system is in place.”

The Cullompton Pubwatch currently meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm, they rotate their meeting venues to ensure everyone gets a turn at hosting, for more information on the watch and they’re activities head to their Facebook page facebook.com/CullomptonPubwatch/