Knife arch brings new level of safety to town pubBy Hugh Fort
November 21, 2008
Revellers entering a town centre nightspot had to pass through a metal detector as part of a crackdown on knife crime.
Wokingham police spent a night outside the Gig House in The Plaza with the new metal arch searching every person who came into the bar for knives.
The arch is similar to an airport metal detector and goes off if anyone is carrying anything metal.
After that indication, officers were then using a hand-held detector to identify what the items were.
The detector was activated by almost every person who went in to the bar, but it was by items like belts, keys and mobile phones rather than anything more sinister.
Police were pleased with the outcome of the crackdown last Friday and said the operation was as much about making people feel safe as it was catching offenders.
- More in this week's Wokingham Times.