Time called on pub offenders

DRINKERS who misbehave in one pub in Cheddar and Axbridge could soon find themselves banned from them all. Axbridge Action Group is trying to start a Pubwatch scheme which would work with pub landlords and the police to cut out alcohol-related crime. Unde

DRINKERS who misbehave in one pub in Cheddar and Axbridge could soon find themselves banned from them all.Axbridge Action Group is trying to start a Pubwatch scheme which would work with pub landlords and the police to cut out alcohol-related crime.Under the scheme, if a landlord bans a drinker from their pub the offender will not be allowed through the doors of any of the other pubs in the town.It has also been suggested that the project could be linked with the Cheddar Pubwatch group so troublesome drinkers could find themselves banned from more than 10 pubs in the two places.The police have said they will support the idea of linking the two schemes. Similar schemes have been successful in other parts of the country as a way of stamping out booze-related crime.Sgt Peter Yenson, who is based at Cheddar Police Station, said: "Cheddar and Axbridge are so closely linked it would be a good idea to have pubs in both places working together."I would support such an idea because people banned from pubs in one place could simply walk to Cheddar and start causing trouble there instead."It would need the two committees working closely together to agree a similar protocol but I would certainly not back away from the idea."Pubwatch schemes are run by landlords and supported by the police. It works best when an individual is pictured and, as the police have access to personal details, we can advertise a ban using the pictures."The scheme is one of a range of ideas thought up by the action group, which will discuss it along with other schemes, such as an alcohol ban, in the coming weeks.* Police have also reported that there were no arrests or trouble at this year's Axbridge Blackberry Carnival. Sgt Yenson said plenty of officers were present at the event after antisocial problems in previous weeks but they had little to do.


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