A NEW Pub Watch scheme to crack down on problem drinkers has been formed in Halesowen.

The scheme was initiated by Talk of the Town licensee Jimmy Andrews who was eager to see local business working together to support each other.

The Old Queens Head, Wetherspoon’s William Shenstone, Liquor Lounge, The Townsend Club, Benjamins and The Waggon and Horses are all signed up.

Halesowen BID manager Vicky Rogers said: "Jimmy approach Halesowen BID to help set up the scheme and we soon rallied round the local licensed premises to seek interest.

"The meeting took place at Talk of the town in High Street, Halesowen, and has already gained a positive response from a string of town pubs.

"We look to extend the area to see more hospitality venues working together for the good of Halesowen."

Pub Watch is a national campaign that is supported by West Midlands Police and Dudley Council.

The inaugural Halesowen Pub Watch meeting yesterday (Monday September 13) was attended by Dudley Police Partnership Sgt Dan Fox to give advice and offer support.

The meetings will be used to gather intelligence and support the local pubs.

Pub Watch means landlords and staff can support each other by sharing details such as drinkers who are banned.