Pubs and clubs across Derby have signed up to make Derby an even safer place this Christmas.

Working in partnership, Derby City Council, Derbyshire Constabulary and the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have come together with Pubwatch to launch the ‘Wand Safe Scheme’.

Participating pubs and clubs have been issued with top of the range metal detecting wands which can be used to do a discreet sweep of customers entering premises, providing them with an extra level of assurance that they are in a reputable venue, looking to make sure they have a safe night out.

In addition to this, members of Pubwatch have also been issued with an improved digital radio system which allows venues to communicate with each other, the Police and the CCTV operators more efficiently. This means that should someone be turned away from one venue, for whatever reason, that message can then be passed on quickly to other venues.

Cllr Chris Poulter, Leader of the Council said:

“It’s great to hear that the night time venues have taken this step. We all know knife crime is on the rise and this is a really pro-active step to protect our residents who are in town for a good night out. Having a wand shouldn’t be seen as a negative thing for a venue but a positive sign that this is a venue that cares about the safety of its customers.”

Craig Keen, Community Safety Manager said:

“We want to give a clear message.  There is no justifiable reason to be carrying a knife.  It’s totally unacceptable, illegal and those that try are unwelcome in our city.  Businesses should be praised and congratulated for taking this collective stance.  With the co-ordination of Pubwatch they have volunteered to take this proactive approach to improve safety for their customers and the city in general.”

Sergeant Daniella McGeever, who is in charge of the police response to licensing issues in Derby city centre, said:

“Derby has a vibrant and safe night-time economy that is largely due to the pro-active partnership that all parties have in working together to keep it that way.

“We are committed to maintaining an environment where people can come in to the city, have a good time and go home safely.

“The Wand Safe scheme is yet another example of this and a positive indication that the participants have its customer’s well-being at heart.”

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter BID and Helen Wathall, chair of St Peters Quarter BID said:

“This initiative dovetails well with our objectives to support the evening economy businesses in the BID areas, to tackle crime and anti social behaviour and to improve the visitor experience.”

Jason Dickins, Derby City Pubwatch Chairman said:

“Working together with our key partners allows us to deliver a powerful message; that any persons carrying any type of weapon will not be tolerated.  These wands allow trained staff to quickly identify individuals and report to the Police via the new Pubwatch radio system. Those found guilty may face a City Centre Pubwatch ban for up to five years.”