More than 25 bans have been issued to pub-goers in Clitheroe over the last three months.

Clitheroe Pubwatch Group, along with the police and Ribble Valley Council, have been working to make punters feel as safe as possible while having a drink.

Over the last three months, Clitheroe Pubwatch has issued more than 25 bans to individuals who have been involved in disorderly and violent behaviour or been caught using or supplying illegal drugs in pubs in the town.

The aim of the Pubwatch is for licensed premises to work together, to ensure that those who visit the hospitality venues in the town, can do so, feeling confident that they can enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

Violence, disorder and drug use will not be tolerated and those found to be involved will find themselves facing a lengthy ban from licensed premises within the town.

Thanks to the scheme, earlier this month a 19-year-old man from Clitheroe was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police said they will continue to take positive action against those suspected of using or supplying drugs in local pubs.

A police spokesperson said: “Lancashire Police support the aims of the Pubwatch and the message to those who are out to cause problems or who feel the need to take illegal drugs when on a night out is clear; this behaviour will not be tolerated, and if you continue to act this way, you will find that you are not welcome in any of the pubs or bars in Clitheroe.”

Peter Crossley, of the White Lion and chair of Clitheroe Pubwatch, said: “As licensees of our many wonderful bars and pubs in Clitheroe, we have come together to ensure that we give our customers this experience in a safe and controlled environment.

"This means that we do not tolerate any sort of anti-social behaviour, people should be able to enjoy their social time without violence breaking out, drug taking or supplying drugs, we have a zero tolerance to this anti-social behaviour.

"Pubwatch is here to help us stamp out such behaviour in all of our premises. This means instant bans for people who engage in this kind of behaviour. We have a good relationship with Lancashire Police and licensing at RVBC and work with them to help improve things.

"The Clitheroe economy needs good hospitality venues, and we appreciate all our customers. We as licensees love being a part of our community and we work hard so ensure everyone can enjoy what we all have to offer safely."