Bar staff and managers who are members of the Newcastle city centre watch scheme can now share pictures and information about those committing crime and causing bother at their premises thanks to a new secure website. The page, which is accessible 24 hours a day on computers, tablets and mobile, will give up to the minute information about the unruly minority that are blighting Newcastle’s normally buzzing but safe nightspots.
And once a known troublemaker is uploaded onto the site publicans can vote on whether the individual should be barred from all premises signed-up to the Pubwatch scheme, at the touch of a button.
Previously members had to wait until the organisation’s next bi-monthly meeting to share information about incidents and make a decision on who should be banned from the bars, meaning the process was slow and rarely up-to-date.
Since the new system went live earlier this month seven drinkers have been given interim bans which bar them from every city centre pub signed up to the Pubwatch scheme.
And Newcastle City Centre Pubwatch chairman, Damian Conway, told the Chronicle the website would go a long way to making Newcastle’s nightlife much safer for revellers and workers.
He said: “As always the small minority are the ones that cause the vast majority of trouble for everyone else. It’s people that are committing serious crime or who habitually cause problems. Working in bars in the city centre can be a difficult job. These are the people that are making life a misery for staff and customers. We are one of the safest cities in the UK for the number of people who drink here. But we want to get to 100% safety. This will make a huge difference to the safety in Newcastle.”
The new slicker system has already been piloted in other major UK cities. It went live in Newcastle on May 5th 2016.