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National Pubwatch Star Award for Bedfordshire Police Officer

Left to right: Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, PC Rob Sparkes and NPW regional representative Steve Evans 23/10/2019: A Bedfordshire Police officer has been awarded the first National Pubwatch (NPW) ‘Star Award’ in the county. Thanks to a project conceived by PC Rob Sparkes; offenders who have assaulted or abused people working in the night time […]

2019 National Pubwatch Award Winners – Nottingham City

Left to right: Lord Kennedy, Steve Baker Chair NPW, Lillian Greenwood MP, Mike Knight Chair Nottingham City Pubwatch, David Lucas Secretary Nottingham City Pubwatch and Su Cacioppo JD Wetherspoon 16/10/19: The Nottingham City Pubwatch scheme, has been awarded the annual National Pubwatch Award for its positive approach to partnership working and its efforts to promote […]

New £20 security features unveiled

10/10/2019: Today, Governor Mark Carney unveiled the design of the new £20 note featuring the artist JMW Turner. It will be issued for the first time on 20 February 2020. The polymer £20 note contains sophisticated security features making it the most secure Bank of England banknote yet. For the first time, the note incorporates […]

Community award for Alan and the Droylsden pubwatch pioneers

16//09/2019: Story and photograph courtesy of Tameside Reporter The chair of Droylsden pubwatch has been awarded after leading the charge to turn around the town’s pub scene. Alan Graham, also chairs the wider Tameside pubwatch, replicating the success in Droylsden across the borough. Droylsden pubwatch was formed in 2012 on advice from local police. […]

Thousands of ‘spikeys’ are being handed out to bars in Sunderland

4/10/19: Story and photograph courtesy of Sunderland Echo Drink spikeys – a brightly coloured device which fits inside the neck of a bottle and to stop the possibility of a drink being spiked – are now available in more than a dozen new licensed premises in the city. Last year the spikeys were rolled […]

Highland one of the safest places to drink in the country, says top cop

1/10/19:Story and photograph courtesy of Press and Journal Highland is one of the safest places to drink in Scotland, according to national police boss Iain Livingstone. In his Chief Constable’s report for the past year, Mr Livingstone said there is ‘little doubt’ the Pub Watch scheme in the region has been instrumental in reducing […]

Pub Watch scheme helps catch West Bridgford burglar

25/9/19: Story and photograph courtesy of West Bridgford Wire A burglary suspect, who targeted a West Bridgford restaurant was tracked down thanks to the help of quick-thinking staff and an information-sharing Pub Watch scheme. Just before 1.45pm on Monday (23 September 2019) a man entered Gusto on Bridgford Road and asked to use the […]

Derbyshire landlord defends threat to shut down wedding over smuggled booze

Ryan Pound and Kelly Kirkham own the Seven Oaks Bar and Restaurant in Stanton by Dale. 13/9/2019: Story and photograph courtesy of Derbyshire Times The landlords of a Derbyshire venue have defended their threat to shut down a wedding after discovering guests had smuggled in their own booze. Ryan Pound, owner of the Seven […]

A new round for Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Pubwatch scheme

30/8/2019: Story and photographs courtesy of Midlothian Advertiser ”Bonnyrigg Pub Watch Scheme” Carole Steel (owner Polton Inn and pub watch chair), Adam Bolton (manager Laird Dog), PC Jonny Cassidy, Michael Dickson ( licensee Calderwood pub) , Gillian Conlin (manager The Chase), Lisa Murray (manager the Royal Oak ) A scheme aimed at tackling bad […]