Romford wins Diageo National Pubwatch Award for contribution to community safety

Winners Romford

The Romford Town  Pubwatch scheme, has been awarded the prestigious Diageo National Pubwatch Award for its significant role in working in partnership with other organisations to halve the number of crimes in licensed premises, tackling anti-social behaviour.

At a packed ceremony in the House of Commons last night, attended by MPs, Lords and notable names from the pub industry, Romford Town Pubwatch was crowned winner of the Diageo National Pubwatch Awards for 2017.

Charles Ireland, General Manager Diageo Great Britain, Ireland and France, commented:

“Partnership organisations like Pubwatch make a real difference to local communities and it is brilliant to see so many schemes getting involved and making an impact through this year’s Awards programme. I was hugely impressed by the work undertaken by Romford Town that has had such a positive impact in reducing crime in their members premises. I also want to congratulate Plymouth and Windsor for their outstanding work”.

At Diageo, the on-trade is a crucial part of our business and we recognise its vital contribution to the night time economy as well as to the role it plays within the community and society more widely to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. That is why we are proud supporters of this year’s Award and commend all the good work it has done so far.”

Now in its sixth year, the Diageo National Pubwatch Awards, champion the work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the UK and their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff in all licensed premises. Entrants are judged by a panel of National Pubwatch Committee members and industry experts who identify the scheme which made the greatest contribution to its community.

Each local Pubwatch works in partnership with local police to reduce alcohol-related crime, while providing local pubs with information and guidance on how to ensure a safe drinking environment in their community.

Romford Town Pubwatch’s submission received praise across the board by the judges for reducing the number of crimes committed at Pubwatch member venues by over half (56%) in the last year. The judges sought to highlight the scheme’s holistic approach.

This included initiatives such as the use of ID scanning machines and online messaging for members to better communicate and administer its banning scheme, while also working closely with local police, medics and funding local street pastors. Romford Town Pubwatch is a relatively new scheme, established to empower local licensees within the busy night time economy to have a unified and independent voice.

Also recognised through receiving ‘highly commended’ honours at the awards were the Plymouth Pubwatch, which was lauded for its collaborative approach to tackling alcohol-related crime across member venues, and Windsor Pubwatch, which the judges congratulated for the training it has provided to its member venues.

Left to right: Richard Smith Chair Plymouth Pubwatch, Graham Tuach Romford Pubwatch and James Gilbert Chair Windsor Pubwatch

Graham Tuach Chairman of Romford Pubwatch said “I am really proud to receive this award which recognises the achievements of Romford Town Pubwatch. We have a fantastic professional partnership with the Police and Council and our members have worked hard to develop a safer night time environment for all to enjoy. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to showcase our work at such a great event’.

Speaking at the awards Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, said:

“Our finalists have yet again demonstrated that local Pubwatch schemes are working extremely hard to make licensed premises a safe and secure environment to work and socialise. It is wonderful to see the Diageo National Pubwatch Awards go from strength-to-strength, and I want to congratulate Romford Town Pubwatch on their thoroughly deserved award. I am very grateful to Diageo for supporting our efforts to promote good practice and the benefits of partnership working, and I hope we can work closely together to achieve our ambitions of promoting responsible drinking for years to come.”