Shatterproof glasses boost pub safety

Date published: 03 November 2010

FAILSWORTH pubs are serving up safer drinking after introducing the first batch of shatterproof plastic glasses.

Unlike other plastic glasses, the polycarbonate pints are coated in a special resin to make them shatterproof and to ensure they hold their shape.

Pete Lee, neighbourhood watch scheme administrator, and Gerry Cooper, licensing officer for Greater Manchester Police (GMP), handed over more than 700 glasses to Howard Brown, chair of Failsworth Pub Watch at the Willow Tavern, Ashton Road East.

The plastic glasses are being introduced across the borough, thanks to £10,000 of Home Office funding obtained through the Community Safety Partnership.

So far, seven pubs in Failsworth and five in Hollinwood have agreed to use the glasses.

Supt Chris Sykes said: “This is part of ongoing work with all the clubs and bars in Oldham to tackle some of the issues we have.

“Encouraging licensees to serve plastic glasses and bottles rather than glass ones is just one area in which we are trying to make the borough a safer place, as they less likely to cause injury to members of the public.

“Thanks to this funding, plastic glasses will now be used on a more regular basis.”