Metal detectors are to be used on pub customers
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