Seven people banned from Newtown pubs under Pubwatch scheme

14/5/19: Story and photograph courtesy of Powys County Times

Seven people have been banned from Newtown’s pubs under a scheme to reduce alcohol-related crime.

The “Behave or Be Banned” (BOBB) scheme was relaunched last year and sees problem customers banned from all pubs in the area that have signed up. It also aims to tackle underage drinking and the use and supply of drugs.

Earlier this year, ten people were banned from town pubs under the scheme and this month’s meeting has seen a further seven people barred from entering premises in the Newtown area following a recent meeting of the Pubwatch Committee.

Newtown Sergeant Stephen Vaughan said those banned had been involved in incidents of alcohol related crime and disorder.

“BOBB is an effective tool to help prevent, reduce and tackle alcohol-related offences within our communities,” he said.

“In addition, those who are found in possession of illegal controlled drugs on licensed premises can also be taken forward for discussion with a view to being banned. This ban prevents all those listed from entering any licensed premises in Newtown and the surrounding area.

“Licensees will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in their premises and BOBB keeps such people out, making it safer and more enjoyable for everyone else.

“The message is simple – Behave or Be Banned!”