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'Crisis' Pubwatch meeting called a success
10:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A CRISIS meeting between police, council and pub officials over tabloid pictures of Bridge Street has been called a success.
Cheshire Police says the meeting, focusing on an article in the Daily Mail that prompted an angry reaction from landlords and senior councillors, was positive.
The Warrington Guardian was barred from attending the meeting by police, who said press attendance would compromise strategies used by officers in the town centre.
It was held at the Gateway by Pubwatch, the collection of bar managers and owners, with senior police officers invited.
They said a positive discussion had taken place, with ways forward discussed with pub owners.
Better communication and more meetings were agreed, according to Pubwatch.
Ed Brister, chairman, said: “The meeting could not have gone better and now pubs and police are singing from the same page again.”
Police had previously been accused of a ‘set-up’ by Warrington Borough Council, and of ‘blowing everything out of proportion’ by businesses.
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