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Time called on pub glass.

A PUB has become the first in a Northumberland town to go completely glass free as part of a campaign to improve safety for staff and people out enjoying themselves.

Earlier this year Northumbria Police launched an initiative aimed at getting all licensed premises in Blyth to scrap traditional drinking glasses and replace them with polycarbonate/plastic ones.

The move is aimed at reducing breakages and minimising the potential harm which could follow.

There are now 10 pubs in the town using them, but the Prince of Wales is the first to become 100% glass free.

Blyth neighbourhood inspector, David Felton, said: "This is all about providing a safer environment for all those involved in the alcohol business, from customers through to the staff who clean and handle glass products everyday.

"These polycarbonate glasses are very different to the plastic ones people may be familiar with.

"They are a lot stronger and feel more like real glass, but don't shatter into dangerous shards the way glass can.

"They're also hard wearing and resistant to dropping."

Prince of Wales landlord Scott Lee, a committee member of the Blyth Pubwatch scheme, said: "I'm happy to help out in any way I can to make Blyth a safe place to live and socialise in.

"We're always looking at ways to improve the drinking environment for our customers and believe this is a way forward."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2009
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