Crackdown on pub troublemakers

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REVELLERS who cause trouble in Pendle’s pubs or clubs could find themselves banned for up to two years as part of a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime.

Police have met with licensees across the area to raise awareness of the different measures available to tackle crime and disorder.

This comes as part of Pennine Division’s successful Pubwatch schemes which have been running across the three boroughs for 10 years. Currently, 15 people are banned for up to five years for offences ranging from criminal damage, public order and assault.

Last month, four Nelson men were banned from a Burnley pub for two years each for violent threats towards door staff. They appeared before Burnley Crown Court after pleading guilty to affray. All four were sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months. They must also carry out 180 hours unpaid work and pay £100 costs.

Licensing Officer for Pennine Division, Sgt Michelle Dixon, said: “Drink Banning Orders are an additional tool to help us tackle alcohol fuelled crime and disorder.

“They support the successful Pubwatch schemes which are in place across the division and stop those people who are well known to the police and licensees from causing harm to members of the public whilst making them face up to their actions.

“I hope this acts as a warning to trouble makers that alcohol fuelled violence will not be tolerated and those involved could face a lengthy ban and a fine of up to £2,500.”