Yates Group is starting an eight-week trial in Nottingham where it will hire two policemen on £40-an-hour voluntary overtime on Saturdays between 9.30pm and 1.30am in an attempt to stamp out drunken behaviour. If successful, a similar scheme will be tried in Swinton, Greater Manchester, scene of a fatal attack that saw two Yates's door staff jailed. Meanwhile nightclub operator Ultimate Leisure is paying £900-a-week for two officers to patrol Newcastle upon Tyne's Bigg Market. But chief executive Bob Senior has slammed big pub chains for not backing the scheme. He accused Mitchells & Butler of refusing to help despite running six pubs in the area. The British Beer & Pub Association opposes pubs paying for policing and some in the industry believe the police are highlighting drinking issues in a bid to get more funds. The Mail on Sunday 20/03/05 (Financial Mail) page 3