A SCHEME that has helped reduce alcohol related crime in Bolton town centre by 32 per cent is now set to try and make Westhoughton a safe place to enjoy a night out.

The nationally recognised Best Bar None launched in Bolton town centre in January 2017 and is considered to have been a huge success.

The scheme sees police, local authorities and club owners work together to reduce alcohol-related harm and is focused on improving professionalism and standards of trading while coming up with innovative approaches to safety, welfare and concern for the vulnerable.

Once establishments meet the criteria, owners and staff are invited to awards nights to recognise the work they do.

An event was held earlier this week to celebrate the success of the 17 town centre venues signed up and also help launch it in Westhoughton.

Assistant Chief Constable, Robs Potts said: “Since its rollout last year we’ve has real success in ensuring the safety of people on a night out this is in thanks to the effective joined up approach by all of our partners.

“I’m pleased to see the scheme branch out into Westhoughton and I’m confident that this area will see the benefits. It’s so important for our venues, licensees, security firms and taxi drivers and all of those involved in our night time economy to work together and ensure a safe place for all.”

From January to October 2017 there was 92 reported incidents of violent crime in licensed premises in Bolton down from 137 in the previous year.

Westhoughton bars already involved incude Beer School and Robert Shaw.