Council scheme awarded for improving night time economy safety

Published: Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Romford Town Pubwatch partnership with Havering Council, licensees and the Police, has been crowned winner of the prestigious Diageo National Pubwatch Awards for 2017 for its significant contribution to community safety, which has reduced the number of crimes in licensed premises in Romford.

The scheme, that aims to tackle anti-social behaviour, impressed the judges with their initiatives including the use of ID scanning machines and online messaging for members to better communicate and administer its banning scheme, while also working closely with local medics and street pastors.

The award ceremony took place at the House of Commons last week (Thursday 2 November) with MPs, Lords and notable names from the pub industry.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“We are extremely proud to win this award. This scheme has reduced the number of crimes committed at Romford venues by over half (56%) in the last year. Winning this award highlights the great work we do, in partnership with the police and licensees, to keep our residents and visitors safe whilst on a night out in the borough. We look forward to improving these figures and keep Havering safe.”

PC Oisin Daly, Licensing Police Team, said:

“The licensees in Romford Town have worked hard to ensure that their venues promote a safe environment for all in the night time economy. Working alongside partner agencies they have helped to reduce crime within the town and continue to promote responsible drinking.”

Graham Tuach, Chairman of Romford Town Pubwatch said:

“I am really proud to receive this award which recognises the achievements of Romford Town Pubwatch. We have a fantastic professional partnership with the Police and Council and have worked hard to develop a safer night time environment for all to enjoy.”