7/7/21: Story courtesy of My Newtown mynewtown.co.uk
Nine people have been banned from pubs and bars in Newtown, including one with a lifetime ban.
Dyfed Powys Police said the nine were banned under the ‘Behave or Be Banned’ scheme operated by Newtown Pubwatch.
“The nine were banned for alcohol and drug related crime and disorder offences committed in the town during the months of May and June, following a recent meeting of the Newtown Pubwatch Committee,” said a police spokesperson.
One person was issued with a six month ban; six people were issued with a twelve month ban; one person was issued with a two year ban and one person was issued with a lifetime ban, with eight others given warning letters.
Under the BOBB scheme Response officers and Neighbourhood Policing Teams work closely with businesses to reduce violence and disorder in pubs and clubs.
The scheme sees people banned from pubs, clubs and bars for bad behaviour.
“If anyone is arrested for a crime of violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour in licensed premises, or after leaving a licensed establishment in the scheme, they will be banned from not just that licensed premises, but all licensed premises that display the BOBB sign within the area,” added the spokesperson.
“In addition, if someone is a persistent nuisance for a licensee but their behaviour doesn’t merit arrest, licensees can also put them forward to receive a ban from all licensed premises. Problem customers are banned not just from the one pub but all those in the area that have signed up.
Sergeant C.J Reed said: “BOBB is an effective tool to help prevent, reduce and tackle alcohol related offences within our communities.
“The issue of a ban prevents all those listed from entering any licensed premises in Newtown and the surrounding area. The Pubwatch committee would also like to remind those people already subject to banning notices that any breaches will result in an extension of the period they are banned.”
“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.
“We would simply ask that people enjoy themselves in a way that does not impact negatively on others.
“The message is simple – Behave or Be Banned!”