A PUB chain has teamed up with police to launch the first Cheshire pub to receive Secured by Design status.
The Evenwood Farm Pub Restaurant at Manor Park, Runcorn, owned by Cloverleaf Pubs, is unique in the county as it was built from scratch with safety and crime prevention in mind.
The developers liaised with the Cheshire force's security experts from the outset and on Friday, crime reduction officer Phil Buckley, who suggested the idea, presented the operators with the Secure by Design award for Licensed Premises.
The pub is brimming with crime reduction features such as a centrally located bar which gives good observation, a CCTVmonitored children's play area, high quality CCTV monitoring of all people who enter the premises and good views of the reception, carvery and emergency exits.
The car park features state-of-the-art lighting and cameras, anti-climbing fencing and a battery of personal attack and intruder alarms linked to the police station.
Gary Douglas, Cloverleaf director, said: 'Our aim was to en-sure the highest standards of design, materials and construction in order to provide the ultimate dining and social environment.
'The advice and support of Cheshire police in all aspects of the project, from inception to completion, has been fantastic.'
Phil Buckley said: 'Gary contacted me for crime reduction advice and I told him about Secured by Design.
'Following that phone call and for over 12 months we have worked closely to achieve all of the criteria.'
Mark Antrobus, Cheshire police's architectural and CCTV liaison officer, said: 'This is an excellent example of how the licensing trade, the police and developers can work to deliver a safe and secure licensing venue. Evenwood Farm is a family-orientated pub restaurant, therefore it was important safety and security features were designed and installed.'