‘Knife arch is a good idea’, says Worthing doorman

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As PART of alcohol awareness week Sussex police implemented a ‘knife arch’ at selected Worthing clubs over the weekend.

The arch is a metal detector, similar to those used in airports, which aims to prevent people carrying knives from entering clubs.

The knife arch in action at Occasions nightclub in Worthing

The knife arch in action at Occasions nightclub in Worthing

There are three green lights on the arch, one on the lower third of the equipment, one in the middle, and one on the upper third. Depending on what part of the body metal is being carried determines which light flashes red, alerting doormen to possible danger.

Anthony Whiffin, front door security supervisor at Occasions nightclub in Worthing, said: “I think it’s a good idea to bring it out once in a while. It’s definitely a good deterrent. If they don’t know when it’s coming out then it’s good. Everyone’s quite jovial about it at the moment.”

For the full story on alcohol awareness week, see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, September 26.