News Archive

This section features current and archived News Articles released by National Pubwatch. If you have some news you would like to see featured here please contact us.

The 2012 Little Book of Licensing Tips from John Gaunt & Partners

John Gaunt & Partners have recently updated their useful booklet on licensing tips.  Intended to be an aide memoire of the basic fundamentals of licensing and simple due diligence systems, it is available free of charge on request via

Pubwatch Online

An effective and low cost way of managing your scheme and sharing information and images between Pubwatch members and the police can be achieved by using a system tailored to the needs of the pub trade such as that provided by Pubwatch Online.   We would like to remind local Pubwatch schemes that if you store […]


The BII has offered through NPW to provide all Pubwatch members a 50% discount on their joining fee. They have devised a specific Pubwatch membership application form which gives an overview of members benefits and a freepost address. If you would like to take advantage of this offer please fill in the form and return […]

Pubwatches Beware of Minimum Pricing Agreements

From time to time stories are published of watches agreeing to minimum pricing agreements to prevent drunkeness or possible disorder however these sorts of agreements are against the law and must be avoided as they carry extreme financial penalties.  We have  produced this information before but do so again because of the scale of the […]


The recent government decision that the SIA will no longer be a Non-Departmental Public Body has lead to speculation about the future of door supervisor training and regulation. It seems that some people have not looked beyond the headline grabbing announcements in the press and are unaware that Ministers have said that there will not […]

Stop Press -Assaults on pub staff to be an aggravating factor

Assaults on people working in the pub and hospitality sector On 13 January 2011 the Parliamentary Justice Committee published its response to the Sentencing Councils public consultation on assault guidelines. Sir Alan Beith MP Chair of the Justice Committee wrote to Lord Justice Leveson Chairman of the Sentencing Council and the letter contained the following […]

Clarification of Licensing Act Powers

A recent judical decision in the high Court has clarified the powers of a Police officer to use force to support a licensee to eject someone from licensed premises. Semple v. Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court [2009] QBD. Police powers to use force to in assist in removal of person drunk and disorderly from […]

Haverhill Pubwatch wins Judicial Review

The application for judicial review was brought by Haverhill builder, Francis Boyle, following a decision taken by the participants of the Haverhill pubwatch scheme to extend by two years a ban imposed on him from all licensed premises taking part in the scheme. His Honour Judge Mackie QC noted that the responsible operators of licensed […]

‘Court not Caution’

  The National Pubwatch ‘Court Not Caution’ campaign is a response to the continuing trend for assaults on staff working in Pubs, bars, shops and other licensed premises to be dealt with by way of Police Caution or Fixed Penalty Ticket.   We do not know if this trend is driven by local practices or […]