National Pubwatch has awarded its Star Awards, sponsored by Licensing Defence Barristers, to more licensees.

Glyn Walker

National Pubwatch Chair presents a Star Award to Glyn Walker, scheme manager at Ashford Partnership Against Crime (APAC). The presentation took place at offices of the British Beer and Pub Association.

Glyn was nominated by Trevor Ford, the Environmental Protection and Licensing Team Leader at Ashford Borough Council.

Glyn took up his post in August 2019, following 32 years’ service in Kent Police. It was stated that at the time of his appointment the local Pubwatch was in a perilous position, with low engagement between members and partners, and a lack of coordination.

In less than 18 months, as a part time employee Glyn is credited with having:

  • Ensured the security of the partnership through the well managed collection of membership subscriptions
  • Coordinated the roll out of emergency trauma packs to licensed premises
  • Increased active participation of members
  • Increased communications with partners such as Kent Police
  • Supported local charities in their Covid19 response, by arranging the temporary loan of radios
  • Coordinated the roll out of knife wands to night time economy premises
  • Sourced £29,000 grant funding to replace the radio network
  • Increased membership of the Ashford scheme and laid the foundations for a Pubwatch in Tendeden

Tristan Price

ristan Price, 26, who works for Professional Security, has been awarded the Star Award for the professional and calm way he handled the incident at the Figure of Eight pub on Broad Street in May this year.

He said: “Fortunately I haven’t experienced a lot of racial abuse while working, so it came as a shock.  But the best way to manage situations of this nature is to not rise to the bait and just do your job as well as you can, which is to keep people safe.

“I wasn’t expecting an award, so it’s come as a lovely surprise.”

National Pubwatch only offers Star Awards to those who have done outstanding work that supports the night time economy.  National Pubwatch’s West Midlands representative Trevor Pepper said: “Tristan is an outstanding role model and richly deserves this award.  It was very upsetting to watch the video of the abuse he had to endure and I’m glad that the female perpetrator has faced charges.  He really is a star!”

Tristan was nominated for the award by his employer, Professional Security.  Director of operations, Jason Thorndycraft, said: “Tristan really lived up to the ‘professional’ in our name and all of us at Professional Security are thrilled for him.  He is an outstanding ambassador for our industry.”

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