POLICE are cracking down on night time disorder in Worcester city centre by launching a new pub watch scheme.
The new Worcester Against Night-Time Disorder is a partnership between West Mercia Police and city centre licensees under the Night Safe Pub watch banner and will see action being taken against anyone getting involved in alcohol related disorder both inside pubs or clubs or on the streets.
This includes dealing with customers who have come to the attention of the premises and have not been reported to the police.
The close partnership between licensees and West Mercia Police will also mean anyone banned from one participating business will automatically be banned from all those signed up to the scheme.
Being branded the WAND initiative it’s hoped it will make Worcester safer, more vibrant and prosperous.
So far the scheme has been a great success in deterring trouble-makers in Hereford city where the initiative has seen a significant reduction in incidents of alcohol related disorder.
Other features of it include a diversionary scheme where those banned could be offered a reduction in the length of a ban by attending an alcohol awareness course.
Temporary Chief Inspector Sarah Corteen, of West Mercia Police said: “West Mercia Police have received fantastic support from our city centre licensees in launching this initiative which directly supports our partnership approach to tackling community issues.
“We want Worcester to be a vibrant and prosperous place where those visiting the city for a night out can enjoy themselves and feel safe. The WAND initiative is a key part of our drive to achieve this and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the way the night time economy is managed in Worcester.”
The police added that the obvious benefits of the scheme include making the area a safer place to be in, which will encourage returning and new customers to locations where previously they had stopped attending or perhaps not even visited previously.
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