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Night-spots introduce plastic glasses

Posted: 04/06/2007 10:02:47

Three nightspots in Windsor have been working with Thames Valley Police to introduce polycarbonate 'glasses' into their bars and other venues are planning to follow suit.

Liquid night club and Chicago Rock Café, both in Windsor Street, and Vanilla bar in Royal Windsor Station are all now using the plastic glasses.

The scheme aims to improve the safety of customers by removing the possibility of injury from broken glass which has been dropped onto the floor, or from glasses being used in a fight. Venue staff will also be safer when serving, clearing, carrying or washing glasses.

Debie Pearmain, licensing officer at Windsor police station, said: “Using polycarbonate glasses in bars and clubs means no one can be injured by glass in an accident or by being involved in an incident. The venues are taking safety very seriously and are being responsible by using these glasses, but it is also up to the public to take responsibility for their actions and safety.”

She added: “We are in the process of talking to other licensees in a bid to get more and more premises to use these glasses.“

The scheme is part of Thames Valley Police's on-going work to reduce alcohol-related violent crime, as well as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage where alcohol is involved.

Earlier this month Chicago Rock Café replaced all its glasses with the polycarbonate version. Manager David Villabona said: “They're about twice as expensive as normal glasses but apparently have three times the life. We haven’t had any glassing incidents but this provides extra safety. It makes the whole place more pleasant because you don’t have any glass breakages, so it’s safer for customers and staff.”

Jason Ash, manager of Liquid Nightclub, said: "We introduced polycarbonate ‘glasses’ in September last year. We found that the customer experience was not affected by the change over, in fact the comments back from our customers was only positive. Liquid takes the safety of its crew and customers very seriously and this latest measure can only go forward in ensuring a more enjoyable and safer night out.”

Kelly Carpenter, a manager at Vanilla, said the venue uses the plastic glasses on week nights and plans to introduce them at weekends from July. She said: “We heard about the plastic 'glasses' at a Pubwatch meeting. You can't really tell the difference, but they’re a lot lighter than glass. It’s safer for customers because if there's smashed glass on the floor girls wearing sandals can get cut feet. We've never had a glassing but now if someone did get out of hand they wouldn't have anything to hurt anyone with.”

The re-usable 'glasses' are virtually unbreakable and the manufacturers say they enhance the drinking experience for the customer too; apparently the glass helps drinks stay colder for longer by better insulating the contents from the heat of the hand.

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