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Safer beer glasses set for Winchester pubs
Winchester'S city centre pubs will introduce specially designed plastic glasses this summer in a bid to cut violent glass attacks.
The move forms part of a PubWatch campaign, with 35 licensed premises working together to reduce alcohol and football-related violence.
The new glasses are made of polycarbonate and are virtually unbreakable.
PubWatch Chairman Craig Friswell said: “They are perfect for events like the European Championship as they just bounce when dropped or thrown during the excitement of the games.”
Last month Winchester’s pubs saw three glass-related incidents, one of which took place just outside the city centre and was classed as serious.
Emma Shotter is the PubWatch co-ordinator for Winchester Business Improvement District and believes plastic cups will not impair the experience for drinkers. She said: “We trialled them in 2010. I think the customers don’t seem to notice really. The glasses just look so brilliant.”
Tom Manville, vice chairman of PubWatch, is bar manager at Winchester Student Union and says his establishment has benefited from becoming a glass-free environment. “We don’t have any glassware over our bar at all now, so for us glass-related injuries are no longer an issue,” Mr Manville said.