Pub owners unite to rid town of drunks

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 November 2010

New Pubwatch Group, 1st meeting, chaired by  Raddys bar owner,  Paul Coumis.

New Pubwatch Group, 1st meeting, chaired by Raddys bar owner, Paul Coumis.

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DETERMINED pub owners from Weston are uniting to fight the town's troublemakers.

In a bid to stamp out antisocial drunken behaviour at the resort’s drinking hotspots, a Pubwatch unity has been formed.

The new initiative, chaired by owner of Raddy’s bar Paul Coumis, is part of a national voluntary organisation which aims to create a safer social environment in all licensed premises.

Paul, together with many other pub and bar owners, formed the group on recommendation from the police and the town centre partnership.

The 52-year-old, who has run his Beach Road bar for 32 years, said: “We want to make Weston a safer, more economic and enjoyable place to be and by doing this, if there are any bad apples, then we are all aware.”

Some watches impose life bans for particular offences such as serious assaults on staff or drugs supply and it is up to each watch to decide what is appropriate for their area according to community issues.

Paul, who is joined in his quest by the owners of Lacosta’s Seaside Bar and Restaurant, Seven bar, Cheers, and many more, likens Pubwatch to Neighbourhood Watch and says he hopes many other pubs and bars will join.

He added: “The first meeting is about forming a constitution and then we will know more.

“If someone committed a serious crime in one of the bars then there is a strong possibility that they may be banned from all bars in Pubwatch.”

Some watches even offer those banned an opportunity to have a reduced ban, if they provide a passport size photograph of themselves for use by the watch to identify them.

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