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Romford town centre's Pubwatch scheme scoops national award after 50pc crime drop

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 07 November 2017

PC Peter Stannard, left and Partnerships Inspector Richard Carter patrol the streets of Romford on 8th September, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

PC Peter Stannard, left and Partnerships Inspector Richard Carter patrol the streets of Romford on 8th September, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Catherine Davison

Romford's Pubwatch scheme has won a national industry award for halving the number of crimes committed in the town centre's bars and nightclubs.

The 2017 Diageo National Pubwatch Awards were held on Thursday, November 2 at a packed House of Commons ceremony.

Romford’s Pubwatch scheme sees venues work with police to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff in all licensed premises.

Since it was introduced there has been a 50pc decrease in crime at member venues – a drop that saw it scoop the coveted national award.

Graham Tuach, Romford Town Pubwatch chairman, said: “I am really proud to receive this award which recognises the achievements of Romford Town Pubwatch.

“We have a fantastic professional partnership with the Police and Council and our members have worked hard to develop a safer night time environment for all to enjoy.

“We are very grateful to have the opportunity to showcase our work at such a great event.”

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