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Landlords' bid to beat thugs

PUBLISHED: 17:38 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 25 August 2010

LANDLORDS will use walkie talkies to report antisocial thugs to avoid more teenage tragedies like the stabbing of Rob Knox.

LANDLORDS will use walkie talkies to report antisocial thugs to avoid more teenage tragedies like the stabbing of Rob Knox.

Bill Mead, landlord of Millers Arms pub, in Old Bexley High Street, has joined a network of publicans who want to disrupt yobs by reporting trouble makers to other pubs.

Mr Mead said: "After what happened with the Sidcup stabbing, where the young man was killed, the police asked if we could do something with radios to stop it happening again.

"They suggested we needed to do something to control violence in our area.

"If Metro closed and people weren't going to Sidcup anymore, they would be going to Bexley Village instead."

Metro bar, in Station Road, Sidcup, was immediately closed at the request of police after Mr Knox was killed, but councillors decided not to revoke its licence.

Yet a public meeting held at the New Community Church, Sidcup, revealed that residents still feared that problems caused by drunken youths were growing out of control.

By buying a £300 radio, bouncers and landlords can get advance warnings of revellers who are armed, dealing drugs, fighting or just too drunk.

Mr Mead added: "If I get people causing trouble or doing drugs and escort them outside, I can describe them to other landlords."

Old Bexley traders campaigned for CCTV to be installed in their high street after Graham Pilkington, of Pilkington jewellers was robbed last October.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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