Pubs unite to ban 30 troublemakers

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 January 2013

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THIRTY people have been banned for a year from pubs and clubs in Burnham, Highbridge and Brean, thanks to a new scheme aiming to wipe out violence and crime in the area.

Somerset West Businesses Against Crime (SWBAC), which works in partnership with Avon and Somerset Constabulary and traders, has launched the exclusion scheme to help reduce the impact of crime on businesses and the wider community.

The group, which has been running for just over a year, introduced the blanket scheme to ban someone not only from the premises in which they first caused trouble, but also from all other venues which are members of the SWBAC.

Scheme co-ordinator, Andy Sharman, said: “It’s very easy for someone who is banned from a Burnham pub to travel to Bridgwater and drink in the pubs there.

“So we decided to introduce a blanket pub exclusion scheme, banning them from all of the pubs we cover.

“This will provide a stronger deterrent factor and shows the businesses in the community will not tolerate that kind of behaviour.

“We want to show there are consequences for bad behaviour and that people can have fun but also need to act responsibly.

“I hope this will act as a deterrent so we need to get this message out.”

The scheme is currently operating in all of the town centre pubs in Burnham such as the Old Pier Tavern, The Railway, as well as Krackers in Brean and premises in the Highbridge holiday camp.

Mr Sharman added: “The ban, which is sent to the person’s address by recorded delivery, runs for a year but it is reviewed in the 11th month.

“We will check the person’s history to see if they have adhered to the scheme and if they have done so the ban will lapse.

“If they are still being problematic we will roll it on.

“We are working closely with the police and CCTV and licensing bodies and we will continue to do this. So far the scheme seems to be working.”


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