Town centre pubs in glass-free trial

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LATE night pubs and bars across Mansfield went glass-free over the Easter weekend in a bid to avoid accidental injuries across the Bank Holiday season.

Venues with a licence to open after 11pm were asked to replace glassware with alternatives such as polycarbonate glasses at that time of night as police and licensees aimed to make the Easter weekend safer for revellers.

The hope was to reduce the chance of injury, both accidental and intentional, to those enjoying a drink in the town over the holiday weekend - and results of the pilot scheme are set to be revealed later this week.

Neighbourhood Policing Insp Neil Williams said there was always a risk of accidental injury when there is glass around.

“As with any Bank Holiday, a lot of people were going to be out enjoying their break from work,” he said.

“Our local pubs and bars are busy during the Bank Holiday, 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 always 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, it was hoped that licensees would help to prevent some potentially nasty and totally avoidable injuries.

The proposal meant that after 11pm all drinks, including ones normally sold in bottles, were decanted into glassware alternatives.

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

MALV press officer Jono Edwards said that MALV were happy to work closely with the police and members were happy to take up the proposal and use the Easter weekend as a test period.

The trial was agreed at a recent meeting of the Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues (MALV) who were set to meet with Nottinghamshire Police officers last night to review the scheme and see if it could be repeated.

“It was a trial and it will be interesting to see what our customers made of the switch from glass over the weekend, and whether it actually helped to reduce the number of incidents the police and emergency services would expect to attend during the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Hopefully, the result will be a great time for everyone coming into Mansfield town centre over that weekend, and a very busy one for those of us who are in the licensing trade,” added Mr Edwards.

l For information about MALV visit www.malvonline.com.