Re-launch of Richmond Pubwatch

Photo: Chair Tenille Wren (front Centre) Second Right: PCSO Helenor Gwatkin, North Yorkshire Police

A re-launch of Richmond Pubwatch North Yorkshire took place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of licensed premises, pub-goers, and their local communities.

At meeting held at the Town Hall Hotel, Market Place, Richmond, around 15 licensees gathered for the inaugural meeting of the Richmond Pubwatch – attended by PCSO Helenor Gwatkin of North Yorkshire Police and Peter Jackson from National Pubwatch.

The elected Chair and Data Officer of the Richmond Pubwatch is, Tenille Wren who has more than 20 years of experience in the pub industry at the Town Hall Hotel.

Tenille said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Chair and Data Officer of Richmond Pubwatch. It is a great scheme which has the backing of both the council and the police. I encourage all pubs, bars and other licensed venues such as sports clubs, off licences and supermarkets to get involved and join the Pubwatch as soon as they can. We have adopted the National Pubwatch Good Practice Guidelines, and with the assistance of Peter Jackson, the National Pubwatch Regional Representative, we have updated all our policies and procedures.

I am a great believer in Pubwatch and as Chair I want to try, use and promote the use of technology in order to prevent crime and keep tabs on barred individuals. A great example is something called ‘Scheme-link’ which allows landlords to share and view the names and photos of banned pub-goers, so that they know who they should and should not admit. We want the pubs in Richmond to be safe places to come and enjoy yourself without the blight of bad behaviour or illegal activity.”

Richmond Pubwatch is further boosted by the membership of the Wetherspoons pubs in the town – because it is company policy for every one of their pubs to join the local Pubwatch scheme.

The Pubwatch will in the near future, be entering a network agreement with neighbouring Schemes whereby they will be able to share data and collectively ban serious offenders from all Licensed premises within the network.

Further security measures were discussed which could see Richmond Pubwatch Members using Body Cams to capture unacceptable behaviour. In addition to the CCTV already in use in premises, the body cams can record audio, an added bonus in capturing evidence to aid banning procedure and supporting criminal prosecutions.

North Yorkshire Police pledged to have active liaison with the Richmond Pubwatch – contactable and on-hand to deal with any issues, alongside the council’s Licensing Team.

Helenor Gwatkin said: “With Tenille as Chair and the members support, we can really push on and start making our pubs safer, friendlier and more inviting – with less crime and less troublemakers. The Richmond Pubwatch will be able to ban pub-goers from all premises in the borough, if there is sufficient evidence that says they have committed offences in Richmond pubs.”