Bri­tain un­veils shat­ter­proof pint glass to fight pub vi­o­lence

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GRE­GORY KATZ

“ 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.

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