Left to right. Steve Baker – Chair NPW, Andrew Cowan – CEO Diageo GB, Alan Graham – Droylsden Pubwatch, Lord Rupert Redesdale
Droylsden’s Pubwatch wins national award for saying no to anti-social behaviour and barring local criminals, to crreate an enjoyable and safe atmosphere for the local community.
Droylsden’s Pubwatch receives the Diageo National Pubwatch Award 2014 in front of MP’s and some of the most influential members of Britain’s pub industry at a ceremony in Westminster. The award is the result of the efforts of Diageo and National Pubwatch to recognise the work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the United Kingdom. Most notably, their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff.
Droylsden’s Pubwatch was established in 2012 following a gangland shooting in a local pub, which ultimately led to the murder of two young female police officers in the area. Police responded strongly to the unusual circumstances by issuing a closure order for all pubs and restaurants in the area in an effort to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. To show their collective support, the area’s 30 pubs and restaurants agreed to band together to issue known criminals with lifetime bans from all licensed premises.
Despite threats and violence, the pubs and pub owners have remained dedicated to the cause. They have implemented a ‘call around’ policy which involves pubs calling other pubs to alert them to any anti-social behaviour and they proudly demonstrate their commitment to the scheme with their distinctive Pubwatch posters and bar staff wearing a special Droylsden Pubwatch t-shirt.
Speaking on the success of the awards, Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society at Diageo Great Britain, commented " At Diageo Great Britain we are proud of the success of the Pubwatch Award; over the past three years it has grown from strength to strength. The Droylsden case in particular exemplifies how partnership schemes like Pubwatch make a real difference to local communities. We are committed to supporting the on-trade sector and want to congratulate Droylsden for showcasing how business can come together so brilliantly".
Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, said "Thanks to Diageo we have been able to acknowledge the wonderful work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the UK via this award. We offer our congratulations to this year’s winners Droylsden and our Highly Commended schemes Hereford and Westminster. I hope these great examples inspire others to look at what they can achieve within their own communities".