Naughty clubbers to be ordered out of town
CLUBBERS who cause problems in Weston can now be ordered to leave the town centre and not return for up to 48 hours. Police in
CLUBBERS who cause problems in Weston can now be ordered to leave the town centre and not return for up to 48 hours.Police in North Somerset now have the power to issue troublesome offenders with a written notice of the area they are temporarily excluded from. A photograph is then given to the local authority's CCTV monitoring team so they can make sure the unruly individuals do as they are told.The first batch of offenders across the force area have this week been hauled in front of the courts for disobeying the notice, which is given out under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.The Weston & Somerset Mercury understands the notices are possibly the first to be given out nationally.Inspector Nick Walker of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This is an extremely useful tool to help us combat what is a major concern for all communities - antisocial behaviour and drink fuelled violence."We are the first policing district in the force area to take advantage of the legislation."It is particularly useful in a coastal resort town such as Weston, which receives hundreds of visitors each weekend throughout the year. Many of those people are part of a hen or stag party."While most of the groups indulge in harmless fun and frivolity and cause few problems, there is always a small minority which becomes involved in alcohol fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour, spoiling the enjoyment of others."The power to ask someone to leave the area is part of the Government's Safe, Sensible and Social initiative, which aims to combat violent crime.The power may only be used in a public place, including on public transport. It cannot prevent anyone from having access to a place where they are living, working or receiving education or health care.Anyone found to be flouting the order can be fined up to £2,500. * Bradley James Tiley appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Monday charged with failing to comply with directions from a police officer.The 19-year-old was charged on October 2 in Weston town centre after disobeying a written notice from a police officer to leave the area and not to return for 12 hours.Tiley was spotted by North Somerset Council's CCTV operators trying to go back into nightspot Destiny on Weston's seafront. He pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday and was fined £50 and ordered to pay £60 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.