PubWatch scheme starts in Twyford
By Lewis Rudd
Pub landlords in Twyford are joining forces to stamp out anti-social behaviour.
A PubWatch is being launched in the village and neighbouring areas following the success of a similar scheme in Wokingham.
The partnership will meet on a monthly basis with police and Wokingham Borough Council officers to discuss ways of combating drunken, abusive and violent behaviour.
Other topics to be discussed include ways the team can tackle underage drinking, drugs use and public safety, while a ‘banned from one, banned from all’ stance will be taken against customers who break the law.
Meetings of the partnership will be fronted by chairman Mark Gray, who is landlord at Golden Cross in Waltham Road.
He said: “This new scheme will certainly benefit venues in the area by allowing licensees and authorities to work together and build safer communities.”
Karen Court, licensing officer for the council, said: “We already have three excellent Pub Watch groups running in Wokingham, so we’re really pleased with the introduction of the Twyford group.
“This means that every pub within the borough has a local group they can join.
“As Wokingham Borough Council licensing service we are happy to attend meetings to support our licensees and we also do things like text message alerts if there is information we need to quickly get them out.”
PC Terry Neblett, Neighbourhood Support Officer (NSO) for Twyford, said he is pleased to see eight pubs from within his watch sign up to the scheme.
He said: “Whilst it is the licensees’ responsibility to run the scheme, a police officer and the licensing officer for Thames Valley Police will always attend the meetings to offer support and advice and share information with the group.
“If a person is barred from one pub then details of the person will be circulated to venues in the area and they will automatically be barred from all.
“We are so pleased to see such a positive response from the premises in the area and will provide as much guidance and support [along with our colleagues at Wokingham Borough Council] as we can.”
Pubs within the area who have signed up to the partnership include The Golden Cross, Waltham Road, Twyford, The Wee Waif, Old Bath Road, Charvil, The Waggon and Horses, High Street, Twyford, Lands End, Park Lane, Charvil, The Royal Oak, Ruscombe Lane, Ruscombe, Bird in Hand, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, The Green Man, Lodge Road, Hurst, and The Duke of Wellington, High Street, Twyford.