Metal de­tec­tors are to be used on pub cus­tomers

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA CURRY

PUN­TERS may now be ran­domly stopped and scanned with hand­held metal de­tec­tors as they en­ter Mid­dle­ton pubs.

Premises which are part of Mid­dle­ton Pub Watch, run by the po­lice, have been given the de­vices af­ter fund­ing was se­cured from the coun­cil­lors of Mid­dle­ton Town­ship.

Cus­tomers en­ter­ing pubs in the scheme could be stopped and scanned by a mem­ber of staff and any­one who re­fuses will not be al­lowed in.

Mid­dle­ton GMP says the new se­cu­rity checks are ‘only for the con­tin­ued safety of both staff and cus­tomers’.

Pub man­ager Lisa Gil­martin, who runs The Lan­cashire Fold on Kirk­way, cer­tainly hopes it will help cus­tomers feel safe in her es­tab­lish­ment, as well as de­ter­ring any­one car­ry­ing un­wanted items.

She said: “For a pub watch scheme to work, all the pubs need to sup­port any new ideas or ini­tia­tives that it in­tro­duces.

“First of all, the of­fi­cer who runs the pub watch scheme is re­ally sup­port­ive. If you need her she’ll come and see you, she’s al­ways there for you.

“I do think the hand­held scan­ners will help. Once peo­ple are aware that we are part of the scheme and we are us­ing the scan­ners, I think it’ll make peo­ple feel safer and more at ease in the pub.

“It might make peo­ple thing twice about carry- ing any­thing that the scan­ners might pick up, or think that our pub isn’t where they should be. I do sup­port the scheme.”

Cathy Thomas from the Old Cock Inn, Old­ham Road, Mid­dle­ton, added that they had also been is­sued with a hand­held scan­ner and would be us­ing it.

“Sad when this has to be done but it’s for your own safety,” she added.

GMP Mid­dle­ton said: “As we ap­proach the Christ­mas/ New Year pe­riod, you, as cus­tomers, may be stopped and checked be­fore en­try into li­censed premises.

“This is only for the safety of both staff and cus­tomers – you will be re­fused en­try if you do not com­ply.”

The pub­lic have given the scheme a mixed re­sponse on so­cial me­dia, with Stacey Phillips say­ing ‘good, glad to see some places are tak­ing the pre­cau­tions’, while Wayne Robert­son said ‘se­ri­ously, metal de­tec­tors are not the an­swer as non metal­lic weapons are avail­able...?’.

‘Sad but nec­es­sary in this day and age’ added Chris­tine Martin, while Kelly Pj said ‘Wow, scary what this world is com­ing to now’.

A hand­held scan­ner of the type that will be used by staff at pubs in Mid­dle­ton

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