Calls for meeting to crack down on town violence
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 January 2013
A BAR owner has called for doorstaff to meet in a bid to reduce violent incidents in Weston town centre.
Andreas Macrides, co-owner of Eternity Bar in Beach Road, has called for the meeting to advise bouncers and security teams on how to manage potentially dangerous situations outside bars and clubs.
He believes the meeting would reduce violent crime in the resort, and says he has already had some support for the idea from Avon and Somerset Constabulary and North Somerset Council’s licensing team.
The 45-year-old, who has run bars and nightclubs for the past 21 years, said: “If we can prevent just one person from getting a serious head injury then I will be chuffed to bits.”
He said that after the initial gathering, monthly meetings of doorstaff could be held where a police officer and a council licensing officer would be present, which could be forums for all security workers to give and receive information on crime issues in the town centre.
In a letter sent out to the police and the council to support the idea, Mr Macrides said: “Violence at weekends costs millions, strains the hospitals, effects the victims and the perpetrators, wastes time in courts, makes the streets look unsafe, and many more problems.
“I know that all doorstaff have Security Industry Authority training but on the night of the problems when it becomes heated this can be forgotten.
“I once attended a speeding meeting where drivers were reminded of the consequences of speeding and this meeting stays with me every time I drive. I thought a similar kind of meeting could be arranged for doormen.”
Mr Macrides is to discuss the scheme with the police, council and security firms to arrange the initial meeting.
He added: “Every other week there’s a violent incident in the town centre. When I see it and read about individuals getting injured I just know that if people were dealt with using the right skills the incidents might not happen.”
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