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From left to right are Neil Campbell, Manager at the Kilted Kangaroo, Go Forth Stirling Project Director Danielle McRorie-Smith and Dave Thompson, General Manager at Fubar

Pubwatch Scheme given new lease of life

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Stirling’s Pubwatch campaign has been given a refresh with a fully digitised communications system and the appointment of a new team.

Members, who make up most of Stirling’s licensed premises’ managers, have received new two-way digital radios thanks to funding from Go Forth Stirling BID and Police Scotland.

The radio’s will allow Stirling’s pubs and club owners to contact and share information and photographs with each other in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour affecting the night-time economy.

Go Forth Stirling secured 15 radios for pub owners and other relevant parties like volunteers with the Safebase ‘safe haven’ initiative, taxi marshals and Stirling Street Pastors.

The radios will link managers and staff with each other as well as to police officers, City Centre CCTV and the Thistles.

Dave Thompson, General Manager at Fubar, and Neil Campbell, General Manager at the Kilted Kangaroo, have been appointed as the new Pubwatch Chairs, taking over from Danielle McRorie-Smith.

Thompson said: “I’m pleased to be part of a new team will give us a fresh impetus as we move forward into 2022 and prepared for the return to a vibrant night-time economy in Stirling.

Ensuring the safety of our patrols and staff in and around licensed premises is a top priority… and being a part of Pubwatch is a fantastic way for our business to talk to each other in partnership with the police and other stakeholders.

It all helps ensure a safe city centre and allow us to send out a clear, joint message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated within our premises.”

Danielle McRorie-Smith, Project Director at Go Forth Stirling said: “We were delighted to be able to provide the upgraded digital radio system to Stirling Pubwatch members and other relevant organisations.

This is an important investment which will make a significant difference to communications between night-time economy stakeholders and is much better and quicker than the old analogue system.

We want to help build confidence in Stirling’s evening economy and the radios give venues the capability to work together in a quick and secure fashion and will help make our city as safe as possible.

“Refreshing the Pubwatch scheme is a crucial step which highlights the efforts all premises are going to to share best practice and work together to combat anti-social behaviour.”

National Pubwatch is a voluntary organisation set up to support the work of local Pubwatch groups formed by people working in licensed premises.

Their objectives include tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour, promoting safe drinking environments for customers and secure working environments for staff and improving communication and sharing information between licensees.

Feature Image Credit: – Go Forth Stirling

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