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Posted On: 24/11/2014 09:09:00

A new group set up in Mansfield to support door supervisors working at pubs and clubs in the town is thought to be the only one of its kind currently operating in England.


Called Mansfield Doorwatch, it has been created with the help of money from Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) and is being run by Nottinghamshire Police licensing officer Kate Ansty.


Area managers for companies providing venues with door staff have been invited to join, along with head door supervisors. It will work through quarterly meetings with Nottinghamshire Police, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and other partners at which members can discuss issues, share information and best practice and receive enforcement updates.


Pub and club owner Paul Anderton has agreed to act as a non-biased Chairman to the group to offer support and opinion. A logo designed for group members will be worn on their armbands, with distribution of these starting in the next few days. (21/11/14)


Initial meetings have already taken place and have seen topics including appropriate age verification ID, training needs and police patrol plans discussed. Members have been offered the chance to visit Mansfield District Council’s CCTV control room and have agreed on the best way to contact the controllers and pass on information about potential troublemakers that can be immediately shared with other premises.


With the group now officially launched, plans are being made for members to take part in a session designed by Drinkaware to enable door supervisors to identify situations of unwanted sexual attention and to deal with it effectively as first point of contact. Enquiries are also being made into basic First Aid and fire evacuation training.


Commenting on the group, Kate Ansty says: “We are pleased with the response we have received to Doorwatch. The group will help to raise the level of best practice in the trade and promote better communication between partners and companies, so increasing the level of information and intelligence shared.”


Supt Richard Fretwell, Chair of MPAC’s Executive Group, added: “MPAC was keen to support Mansfield Doorwatch. It will help ensure a safe working environment for door staff and an even better service for those enjoying a night out in town.


“Its success further justifies Mansfield’s Purple Flag status, awarded recently in recognition of the fact that the town offers a wide range of activities to enjoy in a safe and friendly environment.”


Mansfield Doorwatch will next meet in January 2015.