Radio link to be re-installed to keep late-night revellers safe in Braintree

A pub radio link to keep late-night revellers safe is set to be revamped after being out of action for months. The Braintree Pubwatch group, BOBB (Behave or Be Banned), are working with Braintree Council and Essex Police to set up a new link between seven or eight town centre pubs, police and the CCTV hub in George Yard.

It will mean door staff will be able to call ahead and warn other members about troublemakers and banned punters trying to get into pubs. The pubwatch group invested L6,500 in 30 portable radios in 2008 with the main radio housed in the tallest member pub – Baileys Bar. But since the pub changed hands and was closed for refurbishment last year, the system has been out of action.

Publicans and Braintree Council will fund the new link which will now be centralised at George Yard. Stephen Sparrow, licensing officer at Essex Police, said: “We are really keen to get this running – it will improve the way information is moved around, particularly if undesirables are going from one pub to another.”

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, cabinet member with responsibility for community safety at Braintree Council, said discussions are taking place with local pubs and breweries about whether they are willing to assist in funding.

Story and photograph courtesy of Maldon Standard