New Pub Watch group launches

A NEW Pub Watch group has been launched in Barrow to promote best practice within licensed premises across the borough.


Pub Watch is a voluntary organisation which aims to achieve safer drinking environments across the UK for customers to enjoy.


It enables licencees to take collective action against troublemakers while promoting effective working relationships between premises, the police and local authorities.


The first meeting of the new Furness Pub Watch took place at Barrow Labour Club on Thursday, September 23 with a large number of licence holders from across the area in attendance. Representatives from Barrow Borough Council’s public protection team, Cumbria Police, and Barrow’s MP Simon Fell were also present.


Now, those intent on causing trouble within licensed pubs, bars and venues will face bans from all premises who participate in the Furness Pub Watch scheme.


Councillor Tony Callister, chair of Barrow Borough Council’s licensing committee, said: “Licence holders across the borough have to comply with licensing objectives such as the prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance, the upholding of public safety and protection of children from harm.


“Furness Pub Watch will allow them to work together and support each other in promoting a safe environment for their customers to enjoy. 


“Anyone found to be involved in anti-social behaviour will find that they can no longer visit the premises of any Pub Watch member across the area. This is an excellent scheme and something I’m very pleased to be able to support.”