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A digital scheme to reduce anti-social behaviour and public space violence has been launched.

Pubwatch online is a new internet and text message based information sharing portal designed specifically for pubwatch schemes.

It’s being rolled out to help members of the group, including PCSOs and licensees, to better communicate with each other and share information.

It’s hoped the new system, which can include photo sharing, will make it easier to identify revellers who cause trouble and also prevent them from entering licensed premises.

The scheme can be operated from and accessed through computers, mobile phones, social networking and real-time communication, which will help to move the Frodsham and Helsby Pubwatch scheme forward.

Sergeant Ian Wilson, of Chester Local Policing Unit and responsible for managing the night time economy in Frodsham and Helsby, said: “We fully support the new Pubwatch online scheme, which will help officers and partner agencies work better together to combat anti-social behaviour and violence.

“We want to ensure people who come to socialise in Frodsham and Helsby can do so safely and not have their time spoilt by those who behave violently or anti-socially. Those who choose to drink irresponsibly and cause trouble can expect to be banned from all of the pubs.

“This new online system will give licensees the knowledge and confidence to identify and prevent offenders entering their premises as well as notify all other licensees to give them the opportunity to reinforce the ban too.

“I want to further reassure communities in Frodsham and Helsby that we will continue to make it a safer place to visit and will deal with those who choose to behave or intend to behave badly.”

Pubwatch online will also enable licensees and PCSOs to communicate and share information with neighbouring schemes such as Chester City Centre and Runcorn.

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