Radios to curb bad behaviour

PUBLISHED: 12:08 24 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:13 18 June 2010

LANDLORDS in Sidmouth now have an extra weapon in deterring troublemakers. Radios have been handed out to nine licensed premises in the town by police, in order to provide an early warning system highlighting problems in the town. Pub staff can use the wa

LANDLORDS in Sidmouth now have an extra weapon in deterring troublemakers.

Radios have been handed out to nine licensed premises in the town by police, in order to provide an early warning system highlighting problems in the town.

Pub staff can use the walkie-talkie to contact all of the licensed premises which have these radios, providing an efficient and quick mode of communication.

Sergeant Andy Turner, of Sidmouth Police, said: "The radios are up and running in Exmouth and are extremely successful."

The two way radios have been given to the Black Horse Inn, Old Ship Inn, Jacks Bar, Dukes, Volunteer, The Anchor Inn, Marine Bar, The Swan Inn and Carinas Night Club.

Shane Hudson, manager of the Old Ship Inn, hopes the radios will act as a deterrent. He said: "I do think they will be very helpful and make life a lot easier.

"Some pubs in the past just dealt with the problem themselves but it will be a lot easier for them now to contact everyone.

"If troublemakers know about the radios and they see ours behind the bar, hopefully they will just walk straight back out again."

Before the radios were introduced a 'ring round' system was in operation, which involved one pub ringing another if there was any trouble.

But flaws in the system often meant the chain was broken and not all of the pubs were contacted.

Becky Hailstone, bar manager of the Black Horse Inn, and Matthew Fudge, licensee of The Anchor Inn, both feel the radios will curb anti-social behaviour in the town.

Becky said: "The problem with the ring round was when the people causing trouble left our pub, by the time we contacted everybody they might already be in another pub. It will definitely benefit us as it warns everybody a lot quicker-it is instant."

Matthew added: "They will be good for the small amount of trouble we have in Sidmouth.

"They are more streamlined than the 'ring round' so if there are people causing trouble you can contact other pubs and the staff wont even let them get through the door.


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