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Julian’s Mum Speaks Out: “Bouncers should be monitored”

Club security reform needed

The mother of tragic Julian Webster who died after being restrained by two doormen in Deansgate, Manchester last year, has spoken of the need for greater transparency between doormen and the authorities-making bouncers fully accountable for their actions.

Sonia Webster, continues to campaign for justice for her son -and for answers- following the decision by the CPS not to bring the two doormen in question to trail. CPS sources said there was not enough evidence to take the case forward despite releasing the two men on bail for many months.

In an article in this week’s The Voice newspaper Sonia Webster argues that a new law requiring bouncers to be trained on how to safely restrain customers needs to be stricter.

The training has been introduced following several deaths and injuries which have raised the profile of the issue of accountability.

Webster makes the point that while the new law is a step in the right direction, surprise inspections on clubs and nightspots are needed. She further added:

“It’s like they are closing the door when the horse has gone through (but) I am glad they are implementing the laws. There is clearly a need. There should be unannounced supervisions…to see how they handle the public.

These doormen are responsible for the welfare of the public. They should be thinking about how to defuse a situation without causing damage to the public.”

Two bouncers restrained Julian outside the Pitcher bar and Piano club in the early hours of April 11TH last year. When the police arrived, they ordered the bouncers to let Julian go. Julian then aged 24, slumped to the ground. He could not be revived, was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The campaign continues.

By Richard Sudan

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