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Hornchurch and Romford partygoers to be kept "safe and sound" this festive season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 December 2015

Street pastors in Havering help with alcohol-related disorder

Street pastors in Havering help with alcohol-related disorder

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Bars and clubs in Hornchurch and Romford town centre have teamed up with licensing officers in an innovative attempt to keep party-goers "safe and sound".

Street pastors in Havering help with alcohol-related disorderStreet pastors in Havering help with alcohol-related disorder

Licensing officer Jason Rose, told the Recorder the initiative is aimed at helping people party safely – and get home without incident.

To keep customers risk-free, Fiction in South Street has installed a taxi desk inside the club.

Manager James Hall said: “We can keep people inside waiting in relative safety, rather than in the street.”

The club also holds the items “street pastors”, employ to assist people while on patrol. These include flip-flops for sore-footed women and bottled water for dehydrated club goers.

James, who has managed the club for three years, said the town was “edgy” when he first arrived.

“Now, I can honestly say there’s really not a problem.

“It is one of the safest town centres that I can go to.”

The club owned is owned by the Deltic Group who have 59 nightclubs around the UK.

James adds that the club is in the bottom 10pc for reported trouble.

James said: “I regularly get asked why I’m not reporting by head office.

“I say because nothing is happening.”

Venue staff members, the police and the CCTV team, hold regular “safe and sound” meetings to maintain the security of busy areas.

The group is also able to communicate with each other and the designated CCTV team by “town-link radio”.

This enables clubs to give advanced notice to each other if aggressive revellers, having been barred entry from one club, try to make their way to another.

Police, also notified, can provide extra protection on the streets.

Bar staff have been trained as designated premises supervisors (DPS), on how to spot “vulnerabilities”.

“Suspects get more violent with alcohol and victims get more vulnerable with alcohol,” said Jason.

To aid this, new breathalyser equipment, which turns red if someone has drunk too much is being trialed.

Graham Tuach, manager of bar, Missoula, in South Street, spoke of the benefits of the scheme.

He said: “I feel confident that a problem is going to be dealt with.”

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