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City Centre Pub Watch Tackles Crime October 31, 2008

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The Liverpool city centre Pub Watch is going from strength to strength, following a recent meeting at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the city centre Pub Watch met to discuss issues affecting the night time economy in Liverpool, including issues of knife crime, waste, banning orders and the build up to Christmas.

The city centre Pub Watch initiative is operated by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Business Crime Direct team.

Merseyside Police’s counter terrorism security advisor, Damien Worsley, was welcomed to invite those present to attend a counter terrorism training session.

Members of the Pub Watch resolved to attend the event, which will train publicans, bar managers and staff how to cope with, react to and treat customers in the eventuality of a terrorist attack on Liverpool. The session will include a simulation of a terrorist attack and will enable city centre Pub Watch members to respond as best possible to the unlikely, yet potentially devastating, eventuality of a terrorist attack.
The free event is to be held at the Chamber of Commerce in the coming months and details will be forthcoming in the near future.

The issue of knife and gun crime was raised and how ‘search arches’ could be used by police to detect whether potential offenders are carrying dangerous weapons whilst amongst the city centre’s bars and clubs.

The run up to Christmas was also discussed and how city centre pubs and bars could best handle the festive period.

Joe Curran, manager of the city centre Pub Watch said:

“The run up to Christmas is a particularly hard time for city centre pubs, clubs and bars. Those who are members of the Pub Watch scheme are able to come together with Business Crime Direct to discuss the issues facing the night time economy and how best to effectively deal with them.”

He added:

“The Pub Watch scheme is really working and we are having some great responses from our members. In the run up to the Christmas period it is particularly important that we tackle crime together to ensure that Liverpool city centre maintains its reputation as a safe environment to be in.”

Join The Big Drink Debate August 11, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Pub Watch Manager Joe Curran met with health minister Alan Johnson recently when  MP visited Liverpool.

The pair discussed some of the major issues facing Liverpool’s licensees at present, including the difficulties being created for them through the sale of excessively cheap alcohol by supermarkets. Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Drirect Team are promoting responsible retailing of alcohol throughout the city.

Liverpool John Moores University are conducting research on behalf of the NHS into attitudes around alcohol consumption in the north west . Join the big drink debate and have your say at www.bigdrinkdebate.com

What Will Your Next Round Cost You? December 11, 2007

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Don’t Drink & Drive CampaignHere’s a pic of Liverpool Chamber staff supporting the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ Campaign – What will your next round cost you?

The Chamber’s Evening Economy Manager Joe Curran said “We have taken a lead with this campaign through the pubs, bars and club’s not just in the city centre but in the community area’s also. Old Swan, Everton Tuebrook, etc have all been targeted with T-shirts, beer mats, plastic carriers, posters and banners. In addition we’ve got an ad van displaying a two sided 20ft x 12 ft message informing the public the consequences of driving while under the influence of Alcohol.

“Every year the generic message is rolled out around this time, but every year somebody thinks they can run the gauntlet and take a risk. The loss of your job, a heavy fine, a criminal conviction and the loss of your driving licence are a number of penalties and deterrents that need to be considered, let alone living with the fact that you may have killed someone if not yourself.

“The best advice is if your drinking alcohol, in any measure don’t drive, it really isn’t worth it. I am delighted that the Chamber Staff are getting right behind this campaign and urge everybody to take heed.”

So please – think on this Christmas.

And yes, we are a good-looking bunch, aren’t we?