METAL detector arches are to be used outside Huddersfield pubs to screen drinkers for weapons.
West Yorkshire Police will station the arches – like those found in airports and courts – on King Street on Friday.
The aim is to detect Hallowe’en revellers who may be carrying knives or firearms into pubs.
The arches have been used once before on King Street, on October 3, when 403 people passed through without weapons being found.
This time, they will be stationed outside Yates’ pub on the street.
West Yorkshire Police have stressed that the venue does not have a particular problem with knife crime.
Sergeant Dave Stainthorpe, of Huddersfield Police, said: “We will be using the search arches at various locations right across the Kirklees District and working with our partners to continue providing a positive message.”
West Yorkshire Police is one of 10 forces across the country that is taking part in a Home Office scheme to crack down on knife crime.
Sgt Stainthorpe said there is no big problem with weapons in Huddersfield, but the aim is to deter people from carrying weapons and reassure the public.
“The search arches have been used right across West Yorkshire and have proved popular with members of the public. They have also received support from the various venues which have utilised them.“They arches enable people to feel safe and enjoy their night out.”
Yates’ have been supportive of the idea. Deputy manager Lisa Gisicki said: “We are happy to work alongside Kirklees police and support them in these kinds of initiatives. I think it does reassure our customers who want to know they can have a safe and enjoyable night out.”
Mobile metal detectors are also being used by officers to seek out knives across Kirklees.
Neighbourhood Policing Team officers have been using the detectors to search people stopped for anti-social behaviour.
Sgt Stainthorpe added: “Over the last few weekends, these have proved an effective tool when youths have been stop searched. Over 100 stop searches have been conducted this month alone in the areas covered by our Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”