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Ask for Angela launched by Northampton Pubwatch

June 13, 2018

Northampton Pubwatch has this week voted to launch the ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme - an initiative that helps people who feel unsafe at a pub or venue to get help from bar staff. 

The scheme, originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council in 2016, is for anyone who feels unsafe when they’re out. Whether it’s a Tinder date gone wrong, a chance meeting with someone at a bar who isn’t taking no for an answer, or someone who is making you feel uncomfortable, simply asking the bar staff to speak to ‘Angela’ will help you out. 

Licensing Sergeant Martin O’Connell, said: “Ask for Angela’ is a fantastic scheme that I’m really pleased has already been launched by Towcester, Roade, Rushden, Oundle and Raunds’ Pubwatch schemes, with Northampton who followed suit this week.

“The scheme aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with an unobvious phrase they can use to get the attention of staff members who can help separate them from the company of someone with whom they feel unsafe. 

“Staff will then assist the person in leaving the venue discreetly and getting home or to a place of safety. This could mean taking them out of sight, calling for a taxi and making sure they get home okay or even asking the person causing distress to leave the venue if appropriate.

“In a perfect world, no one would be harassed or made to feel unsafe when they’re simply trying to enjoy themselves, but unfortunately there are a small minority of people out there who will prey on vulnerable people. This scheme aims to make their lives harder which I’m really pleased about.” 

Currently, the venues in Northamptonshire signed up to the scheme are:

  • Borjia – Castilian Street  
  • Monica’s – Bridge Street  
  • Penny Whistle – Abington Square
  • Market Tavern – Fish Street
  • Retro Bar – Bridge Street 
  • The Mailcoach – Derngate
  • St Giles’ Ale House – St Giles’ Street       
  • Fever & Boutique – The Drapery 
  • The Sevens – Weedon Road
  • The Black Prince – Abington Square       
  • O’Neill’s – The Drapery    
  • The Bear – Sheep Street
  • Aspers Casino – Commercial Street        
  • Old Bank – St Giles’ Square         
  • The Wedgwood – Abington Street
  • Plough Hotel, Bridge St    
  • Jeckyll & Hyde – Wellingborough Road   
  • Golden Horse – Southampton Road
  • The Cordwainer – Dychurch Lane           
  • Bar So – Abington Square            
  • Edge of Town – Regent Square
  • Northampton Students’ Union – Park Campus    
  • Balloon Bar – Bridge Street          
  • The Platform – George Row
  • Bar with No Name – St Peter’s Square    
  • Urban Tiger – Abington Square
  • Olde Red Lion, Kislingbury, 
  • The George at Tiffield
  • The Boat at Stoke Bruerne                           
  • The Queen’s Head, Higham Ferrers
  • Joe’s Bar, Higham Ferrers
  • Carriage House, Higham Ferrers
  • The Rose & Crown, Rushden 
  • Onkar, Oundle
  • The Ship, Oundle 
  • Brewbabu, Oundle
  • The King’s Arms, Thrapston
  • The Court House, Thrapston
  • The Woolpack Inn, Islip
  • Stanwick Club
  • World Upside Down, Raunds
  • Raunds Town Cricket Club
  • Snooks, Raunds
  • George and Dragon, Raunds
  • The Red Lion, Raunds
  • The Globe, Raunds     

Any venue wishing to learn more about implementing the scheme is asked to email Martin.O'Connell@northants.pnn.police.uk. Customers are asked to use this scheme responsibly and to not abuse it.

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