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New Online Pub Watch scheme launches in Blaenau Gwent

Published: Thursday, 15 November 2012

Inspector Andy O'Keefe with Stephen Davies from Online Pubwatch and Clive Goode of The Buffs, Brynmawr.

Pubs and clubs in Blaenau Gwent have a new way of helping to prevent crime and disorder in their establishments.

A new online Pub Watch scheme is being introduced in Blaenau Gwent. It's the first time that this system, which is used by other Pub Watch schemes across the UK, is being used in Gwent.

Any licensee that is part of a Pub Watch will now have the option to sign up to access an online secure database.

This will help pubs and clubs to share information with each other and with the police about individuals that they have banned from their premises, helping to ensure that if they are banned from one premise in a Pub Watch area, they are banned from them all.

The system also allows members to communicate with other electronically via e-mail, SMS messaging and text-to-landline messaging.

Active Pub Watches are currently running in Abertillery and Brynmawr.

Clive Goode, Designated Premises Supervisor of The Buffs in Brynmawr, said: "The new system will help us to identify people that are banned from pubs in the local Pub Watch scheme and stop them from causing any trouble in our own premises." ?

Blaenau Gwent Partnership Inspector Andy O'Keefe, said: "We have already seen the positive impact that Pub Watches can have in Blaenau Gwent in helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and we fully support their work. The introduction of Pubwatch Online in Blaenau Gwent will mean that we can share information with the pubs and they can share information with us and each other safely and securely.

"If one individual has been banned from one premise because of incidents they have been involved in, then other premises will be able to see a picture of the individual that has been banned and therefore ensure that the ban is enforced in their establishment as well.

"It's another tool for preventing crime and disorder in local premises, and helping to keep our communities safe."

Stephen Davies, from Pubwatch Online, said: "Pubwatch Online enables licensees to quickly communicate with each other via e-mail, two-way SMS messaging as well as text-to-landline voice recorded messages. Individuals that have been 'banned' by the scheme can also be quickly identified using digital images circulated by Pubwatch Online, helping to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour."