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Family call for glass ban in pubs

Emma O'Kane
The family has set up a Facebook petition to ban glass

The family of a mother-of-three who died when a glass bottle was thrown into a Greater Manchester pub want a glass ban at licensed premises.

Barmaid Emma O'Kane, 27, died in December after a shard of glass from a bottle severed an artery in her neck.

Her fiancé Michael Shepherd, 39, said he and Ms O'Kane's family have set up a petition to ban glass in pubs.

But the Beer and Pub Association said using plastic would "devalue the customer experience".

Mr Shepherd, who started the campaign with Ms O'Kane's mother Diane, said banning glass in pubs would mean her death had not been in vain.

'Save lives'

"Hopefully pubs and clubs realise that this is what the public want, start to take notice and put it into effect," said Mr Shepherd.

"We believe the glass campaign will save lives."

Lee Le Clercq, the British Beer and Pub Association secretary for the north of England, felt the ban would not be fully supported.

"For the huge majority, the consumption of beer, wine or spirits from a plastic beaker would be regarded as an unacceptable reduction in their experience," he said.

Ms O'Kane's family plan to distribute the petitions to shops around Heywood including Morrisons, Aldi and Tesco.

There is also an online petition on Facebook under the group name 'ban glass bottles and glasses in pubs'.

Ms O'Kane was killed when a bottle thrown by 19-year-old Neil McNulty smashed on a pillar inside The Queen Anne pub and cut her neck.

McNulty was jailed for four-and-a-half years for manslaughter in April.

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