Co-ordinated safety scheme for local premises showing World Cup matches

CO-OPERATION among members of the local Pubwatch scheme means anyone banned from one of the 21 local pubs and clubs showing the World Cup will be excluded from all of the members’ venues (approximately 50).

Covering the majority of pubs and clubs in Tunbridge Wells town centre, as well as premises at North Farm and several pubs around Paddock Wood, Pubwatch have co-ordinated their World Cup plans with police and local authorities.

Restaurants, off-licences and late-night takeaways are also members of the scheme, which is part of the Safe Town Partnership’s (STP) Business Crime Reduction Scheme.

Pubwatch director Jack Smith said: “Football tournaments attract several thousand people to the licensed premises in Tunbridge Wells.

“Historically, we have had very little disorder and I hope that this year will be no exception.”

Anyone arrested and charged for a violent offence in a licensed premises during the tournament will be considered for an exclusion notice, which is a 12-month ban from all member premises.

Exclusion notices would also be expedited, preventing any offender from entering any Pubwatch venue to watch the next game.

STP’s Business Crime Manager Roz Heaton told the Times: “We only do expedited exclusions during football tournaments in order to protect people. We have done it since 2006 and have only issued two.”

The first matches in the tournament kick-off this weekend (November 20) in Qatar. The World Cup is normally held in the summer months, when daylight hours are longest in the Northern Hemisphere. With this tournament taking place during the longer hours of darkness and coinciding with the run-up to Christmas, venues are making additional preparations.

Some local venues will operate ticketed entry for matches, and several venues will have security on the door.

Extra security officers, working in partnership with police, will be ready to respond to calls for assistance from venues without a door supervisor.



Pitcher & Piano, Church Road

The Compasses, Little Mt Sion

The Beau Nash, Mt Ephraim

The Black Horse, Camden Road

The Opera House (Wetherspoons), Mt Pleasant Road

The Sussex Arms, Sussex Mews, The Pantiles

The Robin Hood, Sandhurst Road

Framptons, The Pantiles

The Bedford, High Street

The Royal Oak, Prospect Road

Cassidy’s, Castle Street

The Rose & Crown, Grosvenor Road

Aura Nightclub, High Street

The Claremont, Grove Hill Road

Tyber’s Reggae Bar, Nevill Street

The Allotment, St James’ Road

The Townhouse, Calverley Road

The George, Mt Ephraim

Saint John’s Yard, St John’s Road

Shuffle House, St John’s Road (Only South American teams’ matches)

The White Bear, High Street

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