Thursday, November 15, 2018
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A Skye music festival will be joining the local Pubwatch group.

This initiative provides a means of sharing details of unacceptable behaviour across all of the licenced premises associated with the scheme, now including the festival.

It means that anyone who is the subject of an ongoing ban from local licenced premises can be prevented from attending the festival.

Skye Live will be held in Portree on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.

Police officers have been working closely with the organisers and partners to help deliver a safe and welcoming event.

Niall Munro, director of Skye Live said: "The team at Skye Live 2018 are delighted to continue to work closely with Police Scotland, NHS, Highland Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that Skye Live remains a safe, welcoming and caring event where visitors are able to enjoy fantastic music in a stunning setting in the knowledge that the organisers and our partners are committed to keeping them safe.

"For the first year ever we have joined up with the local Pubwatch scheme meaning that anyone who is subject to an ongoing ban from local licensed premises will not be welcome at Skye Live, this is our commitment to ensuring Skye Live retains its reputation as a family friendly event designed to showcase the best that Skye and beyond has to offer.

"We will have security staff patrolling the event campsite throughout the duration of Skye Live who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of those camping at our picturesque site"

Dennis Connell, chair of the North Skye Pubwatch Group said: "The Pubwatch group is happy to welcome the Skye Live team on board as part of the scheme allowing us to share information about those who have previously been violent, possessed drugs or caused disorder in licensed premises and are currently subject of a ban.

"This new partnership with Skye Live helps to further serve the community of Skye by keeping those intent on causing trouble away from Skye's flagship music festival and anyone who finds themselves on the wrong side of the law at Skye Live will also be subject of a ban from member premises in the north Skye area"

Sergeant Bruce Crawford said: "To have Skye Live 2018 as part of the local Pubwatch team is a real boost for the area and shows just how much the organisers of the event are committed to making this a safe, enjoyable and welcoming part of the busy Skye summer calendar.

"This should serve as a reminder to those attending the event that their actions during Skye Live may have a long term impact on their ability to enjoy nights out in Portree in future.

"Drugs, violence and antisocial behaviour have no place at Skye Live and anyone intent on behaving in such a manner will find themselves subject of a Pubwatch ban in addition to any additional punishments issued by the court if found guilty."

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