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A NEW ‘pub and drug watch' scheme to ban troublemakers from Bracknell town centre pubs has been launched by Thames Valley police and the borough council.

The tough approach on drug-dealing will be highlighted in the new scheme and the ‘banned from one, banned from all' policy has the full support of publicans.

Sgt Julie Read, of Thames Forest police, said: "Although we don't have the drug

problems of inner cities, we are not complacent, and want

to make clear that Bracknell and its pubs will not tolerate drug dealing and nuisance behaviour."

The Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership and drug action team have backed the initiative and

funded a new radio network, so that a rapid response warning system can be used to tip off police, the council and other pubs taking part.

The radio network will be backed up by the town

centre CCTV and posters, leaflets and beer mats are also being used to promote the scheme.

Police will also circulate forms and photographs to

identify nuisance trouble-


Tony Routhwaite, community safety manager, said: "We

want to get the message across that Bracknell Forest is a safe place to go out and make sure we keep it safe. Our aim is to out-manoeuvre antisocial behaviour — we just want people to relax and enjoy themselves."

The rapid response network fits in with Bracknell Forest's community safety strategy and will hopefully be rolled out to other parts of the borough, including Owlsmoor, Sandhurst and Crowthorne.

Robert and Christine Howell, managers of the Old Manor in Church Road, said: "It's a deterrent more than anything else. Staff can alert their managers and we will notify the police and other pubs.

"We have been issued with new pub and drug watch posters and are pleased that all the pubs will be linked."

The Bracknell Forest's community safety strategy is concerned with responding to anxiety about, tackling the causes of and supporting the victims of crime and disorder.

Pub customers can warn of drug dealing via a confidential free-phone line Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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