Horse and Jockey Hotel manager Gary Lawrence has taken a proactive step towards curbing pub violence by eliminating glass at peak times and hiring security.
Horse and Jockey Hotel manager Gary Lawrence has taken a proactive step towards curbing pub violence by eliminating glass at peak times and hiring security. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Manager to curb glassing violence

A MAN is believed to have armed himself with a bottle and glassed a fellow pub patron during a fight at the weekend.

It is understood the licensed premises that was the site of the violence was shut down as a result, however police were not called to attend the incident.

Social media sites were abuzz with discussion about the incident among locals, however the manager of the hotel believed to be involved was unavailable for comment.

While the incident did not occur at his premises, Horse and Jockey Hotel manager Gary Lawrence has taken a proactive stance against the escalating trend of glassing violence.

He said although glassings are something he has never experienced in his time as a hotel manager, he has taken steps voluntarily to prevent incidents at his pub.

From 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights the hotel replaces its glasses with polycarbonate substitute glass, which bear a striking resemblance to regular glasses.

Although the Horse and Jockey was not required to implement the changes, Mr Lawrence said polycarbonate was introduced around three years ago as a preventive measure against glass-related violence.

"I have never been involved in a glassing in the last 15 years," he said.

"But it is something that is creeping into society and sometimes people do silly things," he said.

"Our society is changing and we do need to be aware of it."

On top of limiting the use of glass at the hotel, Mr Lawrence also employs security guards to offer patrons added peace of mind on a night on the town.

Although he has taken steps to curb violence at his hotel, Mr Lawrence said each pub or club was different and he stopped short of calling for mandatory bans.

"I would hate to see glass outlawed and I really don't think there is any need to outlaw glass," he said.

"If I go out, I enjoy having a drink out of a glass."

The last reported glassing incident in the Rose City took place in March this year, when two men were taken to hospital following a glassing at a licensed premises.

Venues can be declared as "high risk" following one or more glassing incidents or if there has been an unacceptable level of violence at the venue in 12 months.

Venues declared as high risk will be banned from serving drinks in regular glass containers.



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