A Neighbourhood Watch-style group for public houses in the Diss area says it is going ‘from strength to strength’ as it prepares to ramp up its efforts to stamp out anti-social behaviour during the Christmas period.
Diss Pubwatch, a committee of licensees working alongside local police and representatives of South Norfolk Council’s licensing department, was formed in 2011, to discuss and act on any issues concerning alcohol related anti-social behaviour at or around licensed pubs in Diss and the surrounding villages.
A statement from the group read: “The town’s pubs are now gearing up for the party season ahead, and we’re all working to ensure the people in the Diss area have a great time in our venues.
“Diss Pubwatch serves mainly as a deterrent, to help ensure we can all enjoy the Christmas festivities in a safe and friendly environment.”
The committee contains representatives from The Cock Inn, The Dickleburgh Crown, Diss Cue Club, The Greyhound, Heywood Sports Club, The Park Hotel, The Saracen’s Head, The Thatcher’s Needle, The White Horse and The Waterfront Inn.
Since forming, Pubwatch has collectively issued a number of bans as a result of anti-social behaviour.
PC James Stables, the Diss Safer Neighbourhood Team Beat Manager, said: “The primary goal of Pubwatch is to prevent problems and promote safety.
“It provides a platform for premises to talk to each other, share concerns and take the appropriate steps to prevent problems before they arise.”
Cllr Martin Wilby, South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader, added: “This is a time of celebration and having fun and it’s important that everyone feels able to enjoy their time with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere.”