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Pubwatch: questions on its validity and a police response

Pratten, John D. and Bailey, Nigel (2005) Pubwatch: questions on its validity and a police response. International journal of contemporary hospitality management, 17 (4). pp. 359-364. ISSN 0959-6119

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to raise some of the criticisms that have been made of the Pubwatch scheme, and seeks to address them. Design/methodology/approach – The criticisms have all been made by licensees. The responses are the personal views of Inspector Nigel Bailey, a member of the National Pubwatch Steering Committee. Findings – The dialogue indicates that the scheme has a clear logic, but is still in the process of development. Research limitations/implications – If Pubwatch is going to assist in the control of anti-social behaviour, more research is needed to discover what has been achieved around the country. Practical implications – Anyone involved in the licensed trade, including customers, may feel relieved at the answers to some of these questions, and may feel more inclined to support Pubwatch. Originality/value – Pubwatch is a recent development, and is largely under-researched. In addition, the public is often unaware of its existence. Papers such as this are intended to increase awareness and the assess ways of addressing drink-related anti-social behaviour.

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