[Ssf] local news
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Sat Oct 23 18:33:44 BST 2004
SEARCHED AND FILMEDSEARCHED, photographed and filmed ... this is the
prospect awaiting every nightclub reveller in Sheffield.
The measures, usually associated with criminals after arrest, could be
introduced on the doors of every nightclub in Sheffield if South Yorkshire
Police get their way, The Star can reveal.
Clubs and late bars are being urged to follow the example set by Purple, a
late-night bar on Arundel Gate, which has undergone a complete
transformation since introducing the Big Brother-style regime.
Once counted among the worst three clubbing venues for trouble in the city,
officers say the bar is now the most secure.
Every person who goes in is searched by door staff and then photographed by
head doorman David Greenaway. Each image is stored on computer.
A CCTV system also films drinkers, so bosses can establish links between
people. If trouble breaks out, staff contact police and at closing time
several officers stand outside Purple to deter drink-fuelled violence.
Since the tough rules were introduced the number of incidents has fallen
More than 150 people have been banned from Purple and door staff carrying
out searches have found four knives and one haul of pills, containing class
A drugs. Small amounts of cannabis have been recovered.
Height charts will soon be put on the front doors at Purple so any
troublemakers can be more accurately identified on film to aid prosecution.
Insp Shaun Morley, in charge of city centre safety, said: "We approve of the
measures Purple have put in place.
"They have had a significant effect on reducing crime in and around the
venue. We would encourage other venues to put in the same security measures.
"Pubs and clubs need to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of
Purple's manager Phil Davis, who began introducing the new security checks
when he took over six weeks ago, said: "We are aware of the difficulties we
have had and we are working very hard to make sure we fulfil our commitment
to provide a safe environment.
"In the past the club had a younger clientele than we would want and a
troublesome clientele, so we cranked things up.
"Now I know who is coming in and who is not coming in. Week by week we will
get rid of the people we don't want.
"If we can help get a few more of them off the streets every month, that's
"There is an element of big brother about it, but it will make sure no-one
is hurt. It is needed to enable people's safety and ensure a genuinely fun
"I can understand if some people complain about it but I would rather use
Draconian measures and make sure everybody is safe."
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