Pubwatch scheme helps make South Shields bars safer

A total of 72 people are on a pub ban list for South Shields town centre.
A total of 72 people are on a pub ban list for South Shields town centre.
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A total of 72 people caught causing trouble in South Shields town centre bars are currently on a pub ban list.

South Shields Pubwatch has released the figure as a reminder to those coming to the town for a night out to behave or risk being barred.

The bans show we do take action against troublemakers.

Barry Neaber

The scheme, which pubs voluntarily sign up to, aims to make the town centre a more safer place for people to enjoy a night with friends.

Barry Neaber, chairman of Pubwatch, which is supported by the police and South Tyneside Council, said: “The scheme is going from strength to strength and we are still as effective as we have ever been, which has shown in the low number of incidents reported by the police.

“All our members are very proactive in they want people to come to the town centre to enjoy themselves and feel safe .

“Where people are seen to cause trouble we will not hesitate to take action which could include being excluded from the bars and clubs within the pubwatch scheme.

“To date, there are 72 people currently on our exclusion list, which shows we do take action against those who are abusive, violent or bring drugs into venues.”

Members also look at various initiatives to make town’s nightlife safer for revellers.

Sergeant Nick Gjorven said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer our support to the pubwatch scheme. It is a great scheme that sees pubs and clubs working together to help ensure the town centre is a safer place for everyone to enjoy, and it is invaluable in helping us to reduce crime and disorder.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at the council, said: “We want people to go out and enjoy themselves but it is important that they stay safe, act responsibly and drink in moderation.

“Pubwatch not only helps to tackle alcohol-related disorder, but also supports our efforts to make South Shields a welcoming place to socialise.”

The South Shields Pubwatch scheme has been running for more than 15 years and was set up to enhance the work of the police.