Stansted licensees fight crime with new Pubwatch scheme

LANDLORDS in the Stansted area have banded together to launch a new Pubwatch scheme.


In all, 10 licensees signed up at the inaugural meeting in the Rose and Crown, Bentfield Green on Tuesday (16/2/15)


The landlords were joined by Essex Police Chief Superintendent Carl O’Malley and police licensing officer for the district, Steve Sparrow.


The initiative has the support of the parish council, with clerk Ruth Clifford and chairman Cllr Maureen Caton on hand too as well as Uttlesford District Council’s community safety officer Martin Ford and licensing officer Joanne Jones.


Cllr Caton said: “The parish council is delighted that our local publicans have got together to form a Pubwatch group.


“This scheme has already been rolled out in many districts and is proving invaluable to maintaining and promoting safety in our community, allowing any residents to enjoy their leisure time in the local pubs and bars.


“Following a joint action group meeting I attended last year, I felt we should encourage this scheme with the support of Uttlesford District Council and Essex Police.”


The scheme is the first to be formed in Stansted.


CSupt O’Malley added: “Essex Police support this scheme to improve communications between the licensed trade and the responsible authorities, to develop best practice and to keep Stansted even safer than it is today.


“We are always seeking ways to improve and Pubwatch is a good step forward. We have had successes in other parts of Essex – it’s good to see Stansted licensees joining in the good work.”


Stansted Pubwatch members will hold their first full meeting in March at the Old Bell, Pines Hill.


Such schemes have been successfully operating across the United Kingdom for over 40 years.


The basic principle is that members agree to work together to improve the safety of their premises and introduce initiatives to try and combat the criminal activity and anti-social behaviour that can often be associated with the misuse of alcohol or drugs.


Story courtesy of Herts and Essex Observer