10:39am Friday 23rd September 2011
By Nazia Parveen
TROUBLEMAKERS are being warned to behave or be banned as part of a Pubwatch initiative in Clitheroe and Whalley.
About 100 people are currently banned from pubs and clubs involved in the scheme, which has been running for a number of years.
Offences ranging from damage, drugs and assault have seen people banned for between three months and 12 years.
Last month, a 44-year-old man was given a three-year ban for a domestic assault that happened in a Clitheroe pub on August 7.
A 16-year-old girl will also be given a ban on her 18th birthday after causing damage in a local pub.
About 50 premises are signed up to the scheme, which promotes safe and responsible drinking.
Monthly Pubwatch meetings offer licensees the opportunity to share information about troublemakers while sharing ideas and discussing incidents.
Licensing officer PC Cath Towler said: “Pubwatch is a tried and tested scheme that can help to reduce alcohol-related crime in licensed premises.
“The bans have had a real impact on preventing disorder and crime.
"They have made it clear that licensees will not tolerate such behaviour.
“We just want people to enjoy themselves without drinking to excess, without being anti-social and without ruining it for others.
“We will continue to work with licensees to make sure people have a safe and enjoyable night out.”
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