Unight Aberdeen News

Fourteen nightspots join scheme

- submited by Shelly Wall

by Stephen Christie

Published: 18/08/2009

UNRULY revellers could face a blanket ban from clubs and bars in Aberdeen.

Fourteen nightspots have signed up to the Unight scheme, in which venues share a database to identify and ban troublemakers.

It is aimed at stamping out the use of drugs, violence and weapons in the city centre at the weekend.

Participating clubs include Liquid, Tiger Tiger, Espionage and Soul.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme at Liquid yesterday, club manager and Unight chairman Mark Donlevy said: We are convinced Unight will provide a safer, better-managed night life in the city.
He expects the scheme to be running at the start of next month, and a further 20 businesses have expressed an interest.

Chief Superintendent Albert Donald, of Grampian Police, said: We already have a number of practical and innovative measures in place to reduce crime in the city centre, particularly at night and weekends. We see Unight as complementing the significant work already done.

Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership chairman Martin Greig said: At night, the environment of the city centre is very challenging with many people moving around and an increased risk of alcohol fuelled violence and crime. We all share responsibility in the fight against crime and disorder.

Other venues signed up to the Unight scheme, which is already operating in Edinburgh, include Cafe Drummond, Priory, Exodus and Tunnels.

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