Pubwatch scheme extended to St Mellons and Trowbridge

February 22, 2013 No Comments »

Pub Watch

A scheme aimed at banning troublemakers from some Cardiff pubs has been extended to cover more city boozers.

The Pubwatch scheme means that punters banned from one pub are banned from all others signed up to the scheme.

The project – first launched in the city at seven pubs in Splott, Adamsdown and Roath last September – has now been extended to St Mellons and Trowbridge.

The six new members are the Willows, Heron Marsh, Coach House, Fox & Hounds, Bluebell and the Newbridge pub.

Representatives from each pub met at a launch event at the Fox & Hounds earlier this month to sign up to the newly extended scheme.

They will work together and share information in a bid to reduce alcohol-related crimes in the area.

Gemmelle White, manager of the Coach House, welcomed the scheme. The 28-year-old said: “I think it’s good for the community as a whole.

Obviously, you always get the odd troublemaker. Hopefully, this will act as a deterrent and they won’t try anything in the first place.”

South Wales Police licensing officer PC Lynda Howells also attended the launch event for the new scheme.

She said: “Information about problem customers or suspicious activity can be shared with Pubwatch members and police, so swift action can be taken. It is a good way for us all to work together to tackle the small minority who cause trouble in the area.”

The licensees have agreed to meet regularly to discuss ways of improving pub safety for their customers, staff and local communities. They also agreed to share information about customers who are involved in crime and disorder and alcohol-related incidents.

And anyone barred from a pub in the area could find themselves barred from all pubs in the Pubwatch scheme due to their behaviour.

The initiative is part of the National Pubwatch Scheme and is run by the licensed premises, with the Coach House’s Glyn White as the elected chairman.

Wayne Cottrell, the licensee of the Fox & Hounds, said: “We’re looking forward to the Pubwatch scheme promoting good behaviour. It means customers will be more conscious of our involvement with the police and therefore less likely to cause problems.”

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