Knottingley pubs unite against trouble

Launch of a new pubwatch scheme in Knottingley, the first one in over 10 years.'Picture: Some of the Knottingley landlords taking part in the new scheme, L to R) Andrew Harrison - The Winston, Paul Wood - The Steam Packet Inn, Iain Lawrie - The White Swan, David Hallaways - The Bay Horse.'p306b423
Launch of a new pubwatch scheme in Knottingley, the first one in over 10 years.'Picture: Some of the Knottingley landlords taking part in the new scheme, L to R) Andrew Harrison - The Winston, Paul Wood - The Steam Packet Inn, Iain Lawrie - The White Swan, David Hallaways - The Bay Horse.'p306b423
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Pub landlords in Knottingley have joined forces against troublemakers by setting up a pub watch scheme.

The project - the first in the town for ten years - will help protect landlords and people in the town from anti-social behaviour and crime.

It launched last week and anyone causing trouble who is banned from a pub or club in the town now faces the risk of being refused entry at pubs across the area, including those in Pontefract and Castleford.

Paul Wood, landlord of The Steampacket Inn and Knottingley Pubwatch chairman, said: “The scheme sends a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

“It works as a deterrent and it also offers comfort to people across the town who want to go for a drink.”

The group has had five meetings so far and all but two venues in the town have signed up to the scheme.

Mr Wood, 46, said: “The schemes have been proven to work across the country.

“We’ve had quite a few new landlords in the area in the last year and they’ve all come from areas that have had similar schemes.

“So we got our heads together with the police and got some good support then decided to launch the scheme.”

Acting Inspector Lee Carlson, of the Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, gave his support to the scheme.

He said: “Pub watch schemes are a great assistance in creating safer drinking environments for the community.

“I and my team look forward to working with the Knottingley scheme to play our part in making it a success.”