Leigh pubs get walkie-talkies to cut late-night crime

Southend Standard: Les Harrison of Bellini’s with one of the new radios bought by Les Harrison of Bellini’s with one of the new radios bought by

PUBS in Leigh have been handed walkie-talkies in a bid to share information about night-time crime.

Leigh PubWatch has spent £1,200 on a radio system, which went live on Monday, allowing its members to pass on information about drunk, violent or abusive punters.

Les Harrison, watch chairman and manager of Bellini’s and Louis XIV, said landlords had used mobile phones to keep on top of antisocial customers in the past, but they had been less than reliable.

He said: “With phones, you often don’t hear them in a pub, so we needed something else. Now each of our 20 or so members have a two-way radio. The idea is to deter trouble in Leigh and make it easier to catch people when there is bother.

“If a person or group of people give us cause for concern, or we turn them away because they’ve had too much to drink, we can put that communication out to other pubs. If a person’s barred from one pub they’re barred from them all. This is going to be very useful.”

Police Insp Brad Dickel said: “There’s a very similar set-up in Southend, where they also have a radio in the CCTV room. Although we’re not blessed with a CCTV system in Leigh, this will dramatically increase the chances of prosecution and arrest, allowing us to take care of any problems far quicker.”

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7:42am Fri 10 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

If they are that troublesome that they need radio comms, perhaps their licenses need looking at, for not keeping an orderly establishment.
It's illegal to sell alcohol, to someone who is drunk.
If they are that troublesome that they need radio comms, perhaps their licenses need looking at, for not keeping an orderly establishment. It's illegal to sell alcohol, to someone who is drunk. Nowthatsworthknowing
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9:16am Fri 10 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

thought there was no late night crime/trouble in pubs in Leigh.
thought there was no late night crime/trouble in pubs in Leigh. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

10:30am Fri 10 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
thought there was no late night crime/trouble in pubs in Leigh.
Most if not all of those bars are run by out of work car salesmen, what a bunch of halfwits, be better suited in Basildon
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: thought there was no late night crime/trouble in pubs in Leigh.[/p][/quote]Most if not all of those bars are run by out of work car salesmen, what a bunch of halfwits, be better suited in Basildon Nowthatsworthknowing
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10:44am Fri 10 Jan 14

Nebs says...

Police Insp Brad Dickel said: “.... this will dramatically increase the chances of prosecution and arrest....."
Yea, right. When was the last time a drunk was arrested for being disorderly. These days you stick them in a cab and send therm home, so they have no fear of repeating the offence next Friday night, you have no paperwork, and the victims are the people who can't go out in the evening for fear of these binge drinkers. Still, it;s the same in every town so why should the police worry.
Police Insp Brad Dickel said: “.... this will dramatically increase the chances of prosecution and arrest....." Yea, right. When was the last time a drunk was arrested for being disorderly. These days you stick them in a cab and send therm home, so they have no fear of repeating the offence next Friday night, you have no paperwork, and the victims are the people who can't go out in the evening for fear of these binge drinkers. Still, it;s the same in every town so why should the police worry. Nebs
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10:48am Fri 10 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
If they are that troublesome that they need radio comms, perhaps their licenses need looking at, for not keeping an orderly establishment.
It's illegal to sell alcohol, to someone who is drunk.
Thats what theier for, to get hammered after a long weeks work, I love a good drink
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: If they are that troublesome that they need radio comms, perhaps their licenses need looking at, for not keeping an orderly establishment. It's illegal to sell alcohol, to someone who is drunk.[/p][/quote]Thats what theier for, to get hammered after a long weeks work, I love a good drink LastLaugh2
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12:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

steady_bloke says...

Leigh on Sea 20 years ago was the nuts. Now its full of come dine with me types.
Leigh on Sea 20 years ago was the nuts. Now its full of come dine with me types. steady_bloke
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