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Pub troublemakers to be given red cards and bans

NEW SCHEME: Leyland pub watch scheme vice chairman Lee Forshaw, chairman Alan Burdett and secretary Danielle Massey

NEW SCHEME: Leyland pub watch scheme vice chairman Lee Forshaw, chairman Alan Burdett and secretary Danielle Massey

Pub-goers causing trouble could soon be banned from bars, when a new Pubwatch scheme is launched.

Landlords are planning on keeping troublemakers out of Leyland’s pubs and make responsible revellers feel safer in the town.

Lee Forshaw, who recently opened the Withy Arms in Worden Lane, wants to introduce the idea to Leyland following the programme’s success in Bamber Bridge.

Letters have been sent to landlords inviting them to attend the first meeting of the new group next month, which will come together once a month after that.

Bar bosses will be able to give out yellow warning cards to anyone causing a nuisance, and red cards to those who cross the line, meaning they will be banned from every establishment covered by the Pubwatch scheme.

Lee, who also has the Withy Arms in Bamber Bridge, said: “Any licensee can nominate someone to be barred, and then we’ll take a vote. It will depend on the severity of the incident.

“It works well in Bamber Bridge and there are similar schemes in Chorley and Preston. Leyland could benefit from this. It just needs someone to kick-start it.

“The pub scene in Leyland is really picking up, and Pubwatch is a way to make people feel safer in the town, and for landlords to work together. We can ring each other up or send a text to say we’ve had a bit of trouble with a certain group of people, so people are aware of what might be coming their way.”

Lee says the group will also be able to discuss issues as a team, and present them to the police or the council’s licensing department if there are any concerns.

The Pubwatch project can also be used to bring people together to come up with other ways of improving the town too, he believes.

 

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