Pub scheme to stop bother

Great scheme: Leigh Sweetman, general manager at Evoque nightclub
Great scheme: Leigh Sweetman, general manager at Evoque nightclub
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A project to keep Preston safe and stop potential troublemakers from entering the city’s nightspots has been reignited.

Along with pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels, Preston Business Improvement District has launched a new Pubwatch scheme, in a bid to improve communication between venues.

It means anti-social behaviour in participating venues will not be tolerated, and could result in a permanent ban.

The system, which is managed online and funded by BID, also links with other towns and cities in the region that have their own Pubwatch schemes.

BID manager Mark Whittle said: “We already know Preston is a safe and welcoming place for people to visit for a meal, a few drinks and a good time in general. BID has already invested heavily in CCTV and the radio network and funds taxi marshals as we look to maintain Preston’s status as the best place to go for a night out in Lancashire.

“Alongside this, we organise the annual Prestfest which adds yet more vibrancy to a thriving city centre night time economy. This is yet another support tool to assist our leisure and hospitality businesses and the people that visit our award-winning city centre to enjoy its nightlife.”

Pubwatch chairman Leigh Sweetman, general manager at Evoque nightclub in Church Street, said: “This scheme is great because in order for our venue to succeed, we need other pubs, bars and clubs in Preston to thrive.

“By getting involved in Pubwatch we are able to communicate with the other venues around the city centre so we all know what is going on and what to expect on any given night. We are very grateful to Preston BID for all the work it has done to keep Preston a safe and secure yet enjoyable place to visit.”