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Kincardine & Mearns CSG Supports Pub Watch Scheme for Stonehaven

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A scheme to tackle unruly behaviour in Stonehaven's pubs has been launched.

Stonehaven Pubwatch, a forum of pubs, clubs and hotels, has met to look at tackling antisocial behaviour in or outside licensed premises. Teaming up with Grampian Police and other agencies, the scheme aims to deal with such behaviour in a fair and consistent manner. Anyone who commits an offence such as assault or vandalism or behaves in an antisocial manner at a member's premises is at risk of being banned from all Pubwatch establishments automatically.

Inspector Jim Gordon, who helped set up the scheme, said:

"My thoughts of encouraging Stonehaven publicans to set up Pubwatch was not because I thought there was a serious public order problem but more to improve the attractiveness of Stonehaven to the public as a safe place to drink.

"Grampian Police is fully committed to supporting the communities it serves and I believe that initiatives such as this, with the support of our partners, will further enhance the reputation of Stonehaven as a safe place to go out for the evening."

Joe Meanen, chairman of Stonehaven Pubwatch and licensee of the Hook and Eye, said:

"Without exception, Stonehaven licensees recognise their responsibilities in ensuring that Stonehaven remains a safe place for all members of the public to go about their business, whether they are socialising or otherwise. "I am confident that the Stonehaven Pubwatch scheme will assist us all in achieving that aim."

The Stonehaven Pubwatch scheme is supported by the Kincardine and Mearns Community Safety Group. Kevin Hutchens, Chairperson of the Kincardine and Mearns Community Safety Group stated:

"We are pleased to see the development of a Pubwatch scheme locally, through such initiatives a safer community can be developed for all".

The scheme is also supported by the South Aberdeenshire Licensing Board and Stonehaven community council.

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