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Launch of Pubwatch Awards 2020 – Application process is now open

National Pubwatch is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2020 Pubwatch Awards is now open. The award which is now in its 9th year, is once again being sponsored by JD Wetherspoon. Finalists will attend a prestigious awards dinner in the House of Lords on 21st October 2020. The event is being […]

Covid-19 – Premises closure regulations

Information provided by Licensing Defence Barristers ( The Government has now published the necessary regulations to enforce the closure of licensed premises as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 makes it a criminal offence for a “person responsible for carrying on a business” (owner, proprietor, and […]

Coronavirus: Support from the Licensed Trade Charity during this uncertain time

17/3/20: The following advice has been provided by LTC We know that yesterday’s announcements by Government introducing increased social distancing and self-isolation measures and specifically advising against visiting pubs, bars and restaurants will hit our licensed trade sector hard. The Licensed Trade Charity stands strong in this sea of uncertainty offering support to licensed trade […]

Cumbrian Pubwatch scheme makes offenders ‘think twice’

17/3/20: Story courtesy of The Westmorland Gazette Crime reduction: The scheme has been hailed a success. A SCHEME to reduce anti-social behaviour in a Cumbrian town has been hailed a success. Appleby Pubwatch has been lauded at a recent meeting of its members after a decrease in anti-social behaviour. The scheme, which involves about […]

New 24-hour defibrillator now available in Southport town centre

10/3/20: Story and photograph courtesy of On The Spot News People can now enjoy nights out in Southport safe in the knowledge that vital new life-saving equipment is available in the town centre. Southport Business Improvement District (BID) has paid £2,000 for a new defibrillator which will be situated in the foyer of The […]

Let’s revive Southend’s Pubwatch scheme to keep people safe

22/2/20: Story and photograph courtesy of Basildon Canvey Southend ECHO Suzanne Gloyne from Southend BID wants to revive Pubwatch Suzanne Gloyne Regular listeners to The Archers on Radio 4 will be well aware that you mess with the local pub at your peril. In the long-running soap, The Bull has had its name changed […]

Harrogate pubwatch increases its membership

21/2/20: Story courtesy of Harrogate Informer Harrogate Pubwatch Scheme was launched in 2015 to help ensure that Harrogate’s residents and visitors could safely enjoy eating, drinking and socialising in the town’s bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. The Scheme’s members are local licensees who share information on problem-causing individuals and a wide range of issues […]

Man found guilty of murdering licensee Christian Thornton

Lee Abbott, age 35, from Rose Street, Widnes, has been found guilty of murdering licensee Christian Thornton near his pub the Hammer & Pincers, Widnes. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 28 years after the case was heard at Liverpool Crown Court. Abbott, who had been banned by Widnes Pubwatch, from all […]

New CitizenAID link on NPW website

National Pubwatch is pleased to support the work of CitizenAID; a UK charity who’s aim is to empower the public to save lives. Pub and bar staff can often find themselves on the front line when dealing with life threatening injuries. National Pubwatch has responded to this issue by producing two specific films related to […]