HAND-HELD metal detectors are being distributed to pubs and clubs in Bideford in a bid to keep the town safe from knife crime.The town council has bought seven of the "security wands," which are being handed to the police to distribute to licensed premises.Police Sergeant Simon Bassett said: "Due to the number of reported incidents involving the use of knives nationally and the fear of crime as a result of what has been described as a 'knife culture', police in Bideford are working with Bideford Town Council and the licensing trade to ensure our community remains a safe place to visit."One initiative is the reintroduction of the use of metal detectors by staff at local pubs and clubs. Staff have the power to stop and search members of the public as a condition of entry into their premises and the use of metal detectors is an additional tool at their disposal when allowing people in. The aim is to deter people from carrying weapons and to ensure the safety of others while in the town enjoying themselves. "There is no statistical evidence to show that knife crime is on the increase in Bideford and this measure has been taken to assist staff in providing the means to keep it that way.