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Horncastle Pub Watch celebrates decade of tackling alcohol-related disorder

By Louth Target  |  Posted: June 25, 2012

PUB WATCH: Horncastle Red Lion landlady Ann Strachan pictured with PCSO Nigel Wass who handed out the latest drink-driving campaign leaflets and beer mats. The Horncastle Pub Watch scheme is still playing a vital role in the community 10 years after being launched.

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A ZERO tolerance approach to alcohol related disorder in pubs is still being strongly maintained 10 years after a pub watch scheme was launched.

Horncastle Pub Watch is a partnership approach to tackling trouble or incidents relating to drinking in pubs.

The scheme cites no major incident has taken place for around three years.

Ann Strachan, landlady at the Red Lion and chairman of the Pub Watch scheme said: "I've been in Pub Watch all the while I've been in the trade, in big cities you have to have them but it also plays an important role in close towns like Horncastle.

"Every pub and every licensed premises which sells alcohol is in the scheme. We all have a radio so we can report any incidents to each other and it is a direct link to the police and the CCTV control unit in Skegness.

"In the first few years we had some incidents but because Horncastle is the close town that it is, we haven't had any incidents in recent years which is good.

"Horncastle is a very safe town and people want to come for a drink and socialise. Pub Watch also acts as a deterrent as if you are barred from one establishment, you are barred from them all. It is about protecting our staff and the general public who want to just enjoy themselves."

Even though there have been no incidents recently, the Pub Watch scheme still provides a vital role in the community.

It recently helped locate a missing schoolboy and can act as a quick link to police if there is an incident in the town such as a theft.

Licensed premises also have a good working relationship with Horncastle's Neighbourhood Policing Team and PCSO Nigel Wass calls in during his patrols to speak with landlords.

This relationship between publicans and the police also helps raise awareness of campaigns including the latest drink-driving campaign launched for the European football championships.

PCSO Wass said: "Alcohol-related disorder incidents in Horncastle have been very low over the last few years and that is also down to the success of the Pub Watch scheme. The police are committed to supporting the night time economy and through Operation Hornet police are doing extra patrols across the East Lindsey area which also acts as a deterrent if people are wanting to start trouble after having a drink."

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