The Pubwatch Star Award, sponsored by Licensing Defence Barristers, has been awarded to PC Rob Sparkes.

Thanks to a project conceived by PC Rob Sparkes, offenders who have assaulted or abused people working in the night-time economy, such as taxi marshals and door now face the prospect of being banned by the licensees participating in the Bedsafe scheme.

Rob was joined by his family at a private ceremony in, and was presented his certificate by Chief Constable Garry Forsyth and the regional representative for the National Pubwatch, Steve Evans. PC Sparkes was recognised for his sterling service and outstanding contribution to the success of the Bedford Pubwatch scheme.

PC Sparkes said: “I am proud to have received this award; it was very much a team effort and I would like to thank my BedSafe colleagues for supporting the initiative.

“I would also like to thank the force and the Police and Crime Commissioner for their support. The initiative means that night time workers in Bedford are protected from those individuals who commit offences against them.”

Stephen McCaffrey, lead barrister at Licensing Defence Barristers, congratulated PC Sparkes saying:

“Licensing Defence Barristers is pleased to be sponsors of the National Pubwatch Regional Star Award. Pubwatch makes a valuable contribution to maintaining high standards in the sector by promoting best practice around the country.

“I would like to personally congratulate PC Sparkes on receiving the award which is well deserved.”

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Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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