Town Pubwatch scheme relaunch

Published date: 29 April 2015 | OSWESTRY’S Pubwatch is set to relaunch this week with new and improved technology to help cut down on town centre drink-related disturbances. The previously successful initiative saw town centre licensees link up with one another, CCTV operators and West Mercia Police to clamp down on unruly drinkers causing disruption in Oswestry. Pubwatch will be relaunched on Thursday and 26 licensees of town centre pubs will meet up at the Wynnstay Hotel to discuss the new and improved system. Oswestry’s Police Inspector Rik Klair said although Pubwatch had been successful in the past, attendance at the meetings had dropped in recent months. “A strong Pubwatch is essential for a healthy night time economy,” said Inspector Klair. “It is run by the licensees themselves with assistance from police officers and Shropshire Council to make Oswestry a more pleasant and safer place for everyone. “It gives the licensees an opportunity to share their experiences and problems. Usually if someone is banned from a pub, the licensees get together and decide whether to ban them from every pub in the town centre.” Landlords will have the opportunity to learn about the new digital radio system that West Mercia Police has put in place to keep the pubs in touch with the CCTV operators. Inspector Klair added: “It’s important that the licensees can keep in contact with each other as well. If someone has a problem at their pub, they can let the others know that the person maybe heading their way. And, of course, radio the CCTV volunteers to let them know there’s a problem.” A new scheme, called Shropshire Against Night Time Disorder is also being rolled out across the county to give anyone who has received a ban the chance to have it lifted if they complete a course. Inspector Klair explained: “This will be available to people with bans as long as they’ve not committed a serious offence. They will be offered a drink awareness course which they will have to pay for and if they successfully pass, their ban will be lifted.” Story courtesy of Oswestry and Border Counties Advertizer