Volume 92, Issue 67

Wednesday, January 27, 1999

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NEWS

Equity clause could discriminate against white males

USC hopes to wheel a good deal with LTC

Police, bar owners discuss safety

Keeping profs at home

Chung stresses student in students' council

Drink up for five-finger discounts

Quickies

Caught on campus

Police, bar owners discuss safety

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

London police have wasted no time in an effort to prevent another incident from occurring outside one of London's bars.

Police met with owners and managers from bars across the city yesterday to collect their thoughts on ways to ensure safety at night, both in and outside of the bars.

Although police normally meet with representatives from the establishments on an annual basis, yesterday's meeting was in reaction to the stabbing of Michael Goldie-Ryder outside of Ichabods Night Club, who later died of his injuries, said Brian Collin, deputy chief of the London police.

"The key recommendation that everyone agreed to was that we do not want people going into bars with a weapon," Collin said. He added the goal of the meeting was to improve public safety downtown.

One of the requests by bar owners of the London police was to provide them with clearer information as to what the rules are for carrying knives.

Mark Serre, manager for The Spoke, said there was no consistency between establishments. Some bars were checking knives at the door and giving them back to patrons when they left, he said.

He added bar owners are concerned there are not enough taxis around when the bars are closing.

"The problem is not inside the bars, it's outside," said Andy Mills, manager for The Ceeps. He said London police will be making signs saying "no weapons" for bars to post.

Mills explained he raised some questions regarding the legalities of weapons such as knives. He added he would like to see the possession of knives a much more punishable offence.

However, London police will also give the bars better guidelines outlining how they can deal with weapons, Collin said. He added they will start work on the bar owners requests starting today.

The introduction of metal detectors, installing video surveillance and improved transportation after hours were some of the other suggestions put forward, Collin said.

London police will meet next with representatives from the taxi services and possibly the London Transit Commission, to be followed by a meeting with the community on Feb. 11, Collin said.

Mayor Dianne Haskett said she will attend the upcoming meeting with the community. Before the two meetings were added, Haskett had expressed interest in attending the meeting with the bar owners. "I have every confidence in the approach they are taking," she said.


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