Cosham pubwatch scheme will crack down on thugs

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DRINKERS who cause trouble face tougher penalties in a fresh clampdown by licensees.

Police and Portsmouth’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership is working with pubs in Cosham, Portsmouth, to drive down alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder.

Members are sending a clear message that drinkers who cause problems in the area face being kicked out of their pubs and told not to come back.

Emma Carrodus, manager of Wetherspoons pub The First Post Pub in Cosham High Street, is chairwoman of the scheme. She is calling for licensees to get tough on alcohol-related crime and disorder: ‘Once you’re banned from one pub you should be banned from them all,’ she said.

‘It’s about the pubs getting on board and gaining a united front as well as improving the whole of Cosham to be a zero tolerance area.’

Emma, who is also manager of Wetherspoons pub The First Post in Cosham High Street, hopes the new scheme will help bolster Cosham’s reputation and attract more visitors to the area.

She added: ‘I would like to get back a good reputation for Cosham and hopefully with the help of Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership we can access a larger area of Portsmouth including clubs.’

Martin Chandler, landlord of Green King-owned pub The Manor House in Court Lane East, Cosham, praised the new scheme.

He said: ‘Not only is it good to bar the people that cause trouble, it means we can sit and discuss matters with other pubs in the area.’

Pubwatch member Sarah Jeram is manager of The Portsbridge pub in Portsmouth Road, Cosham.

She said: ‘We need this help to get rid of the re-offenders. It’s good to have the support of fellow managers and the police.’

PC Matt Debenham from Portsmouth’s alcohol-related violent crime reduction and licensing team set up the scheme.

It is the latest in a raft of measures to tackle alcohol-related crime, most of which have centred on the notorious Guildhall Walk area.

One idea involved showing a ‘red card’ – explaining why their behaviour was unacceptable – to drinkers who step out of line after too much alcohol. Other schemes include operation Drinksafe, which aims to combat alcohol-related crime and disorder, and the One Punch Can Kill campaign to highlight the dangers of alcohol-related violence.