Pubs in accord on unruly drinkers

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 17/04/2014
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UNITED FRONT: Temuka and Geraldine publicans, along with police and health authorities signed an alcohol accord. Back from left, Justin Lambert, Tim Curd, Sergeant Grant Lord, Sharon Hoogenraad and Shayne Broughton. Front from left, Laurie Sullivan, Ian Gallon, John Bankier and Romulo Nascimento.

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Publicans from Temuka and Geraldine are the latest group to join together in a bid to stop late-night drunkenness.

An alcohol accord was signed by six publicans at a meeting in Temuka yesterday.

The aim of the agreement is to reduce harm caused by alcohol and to build communication between the pubs.

Community and Public Health spokesman Shayne Broughton said they had set up a phone tree system between those involved, so if an issue were to arise it was resolved quickly.

"If a guy is drinking in The Crown and goes to The Royal, they can call and say: just had a problem with him, don't let them in."

He said the publicans were a "little apprehensive" at the start but the benefit of being in the accord outweighed not being involved.

The owner of the Jolly Potter, Laurie Sullivan, said it was good to get together and meet the other pub owners.

He said late-night drunkenness was not as big an issue at Temuka as it was in Timaru but phone calls from other pubs to warn of issues were "handy".

Timaru pubs signed an accord in 2012. Broughton said both he and police believed the accord had reduced harm in Timaru.

Crime statistics to be released in June will give an indication of how things were at Temuka and Geraldine before the accord, said Broughton. The following year's crime statistics would show whether the accord had made a difference.

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- The Timaru Herald

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