Club and pub bosses to join cabbies to combat rowdy revellers

PUB and club bosses will team up with taxi drivers in Brentwood to combat rowdy revellers.

A project will be launched this week to promote calm and “sensible behaviour”.

The Brentwood Night Hawks will act as a Neighbourhood Watch-style group with cabbies, venue staff and emergency services working together to divert potential flashpoints.

Leaflets and posters will be given out en masse in bars and taxis warning of the consequences of pre-loading with booze, anti-social behaviour and urinating in house or shop doorways.

Campaign leader David Hayter, who has driven a cab in town for five years, said: “I thought the hawk image would be good as people could see it and perhaps ask what it is, allowing us to discuss it.

“It also looks good and has the ability to become very recognisable.

“It gives us a chance to talk to the young people and show residents that we are doing something to help.

“It’ll be like a neighbourhood watch at night with the idea being if everyone keeps an eye out, then we can get a swifter response to any problems.”

Kyle Taylor, 18, from Doddinghurst, thinks it’s a good idea.

He said: “I go out in Brentwood all the time and I don’y want any trouble. Something like this can only help make it a nicer place to enjoy a night out. Good on them for making an effort.”

Tory councillor Chris Hossack added: “It is all about being responsible and the Night Hawks will help with this by keeping an eye out for people out in the town and speaking to them.”

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