‘Glass-free’ Easter in Mansfield’s pubs

MANSFIELD revellers will be enjoying a ‘glass-free’ Easter weekend in some of the town’s late-night pubs and bars as part of a safety drive by police and licensees.

For venues serving after 11pm have been asked to replace glassware with alternatives such as polycarbonate ‘glasses’.

The trial, which will run over the holiday weekend, was agreed at a recent meeting of the Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV) to reduce the chance of injury, both accidental and intentional, to club-goers.

Said Neighbourhood Policing, Insp Neil Williams: “As with any Bank Holiday, a lot of people are going to be out enjoying their break from work. This Easter, however, there is the added attraction of excellent weather forecast for the weekend.

“Our local pubs and bars are going to be busy, which is great for business, but with so many people around and most of them consuming alcohol there is always the risk of accidental injury with glass around.

“Unfortunately, we also have to be prepared for the prospect that a tiny minority, having had a few drinks too many by 11pm, could get into disputes that result in violence. By removing glassware, licensees will help to prevent some potentially nasty and totally avoidable injuries

“The proposal is that after 11pm all drinks, including ones normally sold in bottles, will be decanted into glassware alternatives.

“We are grateful to MALV for its support for this initiative, which has had a positive response from at least nine town centre pubs and bars, including some of the most popular venues.

“It is, after all, in everybody’s interest that Mansfield is a safer place to go out and enjoy a drink.”