TRIBUTE PAID TO SHREWSBURY’S PUB AND SHOPWATCH
Today I had an appointment with three of the partners that help to make Shrewsbury’s Pub and ShopWatch a model that other towns would like to copy.
Shrewsbury’s Pub and Shop Watch come under the Safer Shrewsbury banner and is made up of many businesses and agencies.
Above from Left Sgt Claire Greenaway (Town Centre Policing Team), Yours Truly, Richard Goodchild (Scheme Manager) and Gave Roberts (Shropshire Councils Enforcement Officer)
The feeling of safety is paramount to the people who work, visit and live in Shrewsbury, and under the watchful eye of Safer Shrewsbury we have two schemes that work together in partnership one follows the night-time economy and the other the daytime. They are called Pubwatch and Shopwatch. Many public houses and all night clubs are part of Pubwatch and many shops within the river loop are members of Shopwatch, both systems are linked to the Shropshire Councils Monitoring Centre via radio; the monitoring centre with their CCTV gives the scheme added benefits such as recording incidents that can and is used as evidence for prosecution. The police within the town centre also have the Pubwatch and Shopwatch radios with them so they can respond to any incident very quickly. Shrewsbury Town Council is also part of the partnership and their staff also have radios when out and about including the Town Warden. Shropshire Councils Civil Enforcement Officers are also linked into the radio system. When you put all this together it really does make Shrewsburya “Safer Shrewsbury”. “Being a member of both Safer Shrewsbury and Pubwatch I have first hand knowledge of how important these two schemes are for both our vibrant night-time economy and for our daytime visitors, workers and those who shop within the town. It is professionally run and because of the dedication by those involved, we should feel proud that we have that strong commitment from a strong partnership formed between businesses and many agencies to make Shrewsburya safer place to live work and visit. If I had to give some advice to would be criminals, it would be don’t come to Shrewsbury to commit crime, if you do, you will get caught and prosecuted”.
“Safer Shrewsbury Shopwatch & Pubwatch Partnership is a scheme designed to support the management of the town’s licensed premises with the key aim of achieving a safer, more pleasant environment for all members of the public to enjoy, regardless of Age, Gender, Race, Colour or Religious Beliefs, by encouraging Licensees to promote Responsible Drinking, Drug Awareness and a sense of Social Responsibility in their respective venues to Bar Staff, Door Supervisors and Customers alike. Since 2010 membership has increased from 30 to 66 and still increasing.
The Licensees of the scheme have agreed to support each other in an attempt to reduce incidents of violence, public disorder, drug related matters and other criminal offences in the area covered by Pubwatch.
How is the decision made to ban anyone? A committee consisting of Licensees only makes their decision on facts presented to them but not knowing the identity of that person.
It is important to emphasize that those who operate licensed premises have always had a common law right to decide whom they will and will not admit to their premises. Provided there is no unlawful discrimination [i.e. discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability etc} admission can be refused to any person, for any reason or no reason at all. At its simplest level, a Pubwatch scheme is a group of Licensees who voluntarily agree to exercise their individual rights to refuse admission collectively. The scheme is backed by a radio network which allows members to effectively share information with the Police. In addition the Police provide confidential photographs to assist staff identifying excluded individuals.”
Key Aims of the Partnership are:
To reduce the number of alcohol related assaults and injuries, To work in partnership with the licensed trade, to improve the management of licensed premises, To promote the provisions of safe drinking, To reduce the perceptions of drunkenness, rowdiness and disorder in the night-time economy.
All venues in Shropshireoperate the “Callenge 2″1 scheme to prevent underage drinking, so recognised photo ID is required as proof that you are over 18.
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WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SHREWSBURY A SAFER PLACE TO WORK, SHOP AND VISIT.
Safer Shrewsbury has a dedicated manager working with over 100 members to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The scheme, set up in 1999, is run by members for members with financial support from Shropshire Council Community Safety Partnership and West Mercia Police.
Benefits of membership are:
Proactive approach in dealing with retail crime, Reduction in retail crime, Reducing the fear of crime, Increased staff confidence, Free Staff Training, Partnership working and information sharing, Target file of persistent retail criminals, Radio link with the Police, CCTV and other members, Quarterly members meeting giving an improved shopping experience for anyone visiting Shrewsbury.
Richard Goodchild is the Scheme Manager, with 30 years police experience, Richard said “Safety is the key to the success of any town centre and we want people to feel safe when visiting or coming to work in Shrewsbury. Business crime prevention is not just a matter for the police. If business crime is to be tackled effectively, the police, local authorities and businesses must all play a prominent and active role. This is exactly what happens in Shrewsbury”.
Safer Shrewsbury Pub & Shopwatch Partnership
The partnership was formed in 2002 and is fully supported by the West Mercia Police, Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council, Community Safety Partnership & Licensing Department, Trading Standards & Drug Action Team.
Safer Shrewsbury Policy is:
Zero tolerance regarding drugs
Zero tolerance regarding violence
Common banning policy from licensed premises
Our Policy is fully supported by Judges sitting at Shrewsbury Crown Court who will make banning orders for such offences.
The schemes are registered under the Data Protection Act and within the guidelines of the European Convention of Human Rights.
You must be a member of Safer Shrewsbury in order to be part of the radio link.
Violent crime has dropped in the town centre by over 60% in the past 5 years.
Please click on the following link for more information from the Safer Shrewsbury’s Pub & Shopwatch Web-Site. Thank you: http://www.safershrewsbury.co.uk/
Answers to that picture quiz
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I hope that you found this article of interest, as well as having a bit of fun with the quiz. I will add one or two more like this when I have a spare hour and I can get people to agree for their photograph to be published on the web.
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As reported in the Shropshire Star, I am campaigning to have the footbridge from the Frankwell Car Park to the Riverside Shopping Centre called “The Zutphen Bridge”. As many will know that we are twinned with Zutphen a town in Holland and this connection between the two towns goes back further than the official 1977 Twinning ceremony, also further back than the Second World War. In fact our association with Zutphen goes back as far as 1586, when a certain Sir Philip Sidney was killed whilst attempting to push the Spanish out of Zutphen. In Zutphen they have Shrewsbury a traffic island named after Shrewsbury, as they are Proud in being twinned with Shrewsbury, I feel we should show our pride in a similar way and what better than a bridge.