Britain unveils shatterproof pint glass to fight pub violence
“ We’re very much in favour,” said chief executive Don Shanker. “ There has been good local research showing this could reduce the use of glass in violent incidents.”
Half of all violent assaults in Britain are alcohol-related and it has become common for drinkers to smash glasses and use them as weapons, he added.
“ You are five times more likely to be involved in a violent incident if you are in or around a licensed bar,” he said. “ There is a clear correlation.”
In the North London neighbourhood of Camden, where heavy drinking bouts are commonplace, bartender Mirjam Linzie said the staff at the Elephants Head pub would welcome safer glasses.
“One time there was a big fight and 50 pints were smashed in one minute,” she said. “One man smashed a glass over another one’s head. One person’s eye was popping out. It was a bloodbath. There was glass raining. People were hiding behind the counter.”
Of course, a shatterproof pint could still be used like a club in fight — but at least it wouldn’t produce lethal shards of glass with the cutting power of a sharp knife.
Bartenders at other establishments said glass-related violence was rare but safer glasses would be welcome because so many break and shatter even in normal use.
Two technologies are being tested: Glass Plus, which looks like a normal pint glass but has a thin transparent bio-resin coating on the inside that strengthens it, and Twin Wall, which bonds two thin layers of gas together in the same way as laminated car windshields.