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Co-ordinated safety scheme for local premises showing World Cup matches

CO-OPERATION among members of the local Pubwatch scheme means anyone banned from one of the 21 local pubs and clubs showing the World Cup will be excluded from all of the members’ venues (approximately 50).

Covering the majority of pubs and clubs in Tunbridge Wells town centre, as well as premises at North Farm and several pubs around Paddock Wood, Pubwatch have co-ordinated their World Cup plans with police and local authorities.

Restaurants, off-licences and late-night takeaways are also members of the scheme, which is part of the Safe Town Partnership’s (STP) Business Crime Reduction Scheme.

Pubwatch director Jack Smith said: “Football tournaments attract several thousand people to the licensed premises in Tunbridge Wells.

“Historically, we have had very little disorder and I hope that this year will be no exception.”

Anyone arrested and charged for a violent offence in a licensed premises during the tournament will…

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