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Two banned as Pubwatch scheme bites

PUBLISHED: 19:36 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 July 2010

TWO troublemakers have been banned from all licensed premises in Attleborough following the launch of a new pubwatch scheme in the town.

The scheme is a partnership between police, district council and all 20 licensed premises in Attleborough including pubs, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and social clubs.

TWO troublemakers have been banned from all licensed premises in Attleborough following the launch of a new pubwatch scheme in the town.

The scheme is a partnership between police, district council and all 20 licensed premises in Attleborough including pubs, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and social clubs.

Its motto “banned from one - banned from all” - means the minority of people who cause trouble in any one of the premises face being barred from all 20 premises in the town.

If the Pubwatch group makes the decision to ban an individual, photographs of the offenders are distributed to all member venues and police can be called if they enter and refuse to leave the premises.

This has resulted in a 17- year-old youth being banned from all member venues for nine months after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly and assault in the town centre.

A 20-year-old man has also been banned for three months following his arrest for stealing alcohol from Sainsbury's. Both have been charged and are on bail pending their appearance at court.

Attleborough Inspector Adam Hayes said: “I wholeheartedly embrace the ethos of the Pubwatch scheme which has already shown that it will not tolerate incidents of alcohol abuse and sends a clear message to those concerned. It is a good example of multi-agency partnership working to good effect.

“We all want to make Attleborough an even safer place to live and visit and I am pleased with the cooperation of the licensed trade in setting a positive example by banning these two individuals.

“People like this will need to learn that their alcohol-related behaviour is unacceptable and will now have to look further afield in order to be able to purchase alcohol.”

Attleborough Pubwatch chairman John Taylor added: “The Pubwatch scheme aims to pinpoint the minority who cause trouble in Attleborough and not those who want to enjoy alcohol responsibly.”

Pubwatches are established in towns across Norfolk including Thetford, Swaffham, Dereham and Diss where alcohol-related offences in recent months have fallen.

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