Nine people banned from all Newtown pubs for bad behavior

Nine people have been banned from pubs, clubs and bars in a Welsh town due to bad behavior.

One person was even given a life ban after a crackdown on alcohol and drug crimes and disorders in Newtown in Powys in May and June.

Six others were given a one-year ban, while one received a two-year ban and another received a six-month ban. Eight others also received written warnings.

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The action taken is part of the local Behave Or Be Banned (BOBB) program, which sees police working with businesses to reduce violence and unrest in pubs and clubs – giving them the power to ban people for bad behavior.

The decision to issue the bans to the nine people – who have not been named – was taken at a recent meeting of the Newtown Pubwatch Committee. Police say that if someone is arrested for a crime related to violence, unrest or antisocial behavior in a licensed premises, or after leaving such premises, they face a ban not only from that pub or bar, but from any establishment that is part of the BOBB scheme.

As part of this, owners can not only ban someone from their pub, but recommend that the violator be banned from all local authorized premises.

This is not the first time that such powers have been used in the city. In 2019, six men and one woman were also banned from pubs and clubs. You can read more about it here.

Dyfed-Powys Police Sgt CJ Rees said: “BOBB is an effective tool to help prevent, reduce and tackle alcohol-related offenses in our communities. The issue of a ban prevents all people listed to enter authorized premises in and around Newtown.

“The Pubwatch Committee would also like to remind those already subject to blackout notices that any violation will result in an extension of the blackout period. Licensees will not tolerate any anti-social behavior on their premises and BOBB keeps such people away. which is safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

“We’re just asking that people have fun in a way that doesn’t negatively impact others. The message is simple: behave or get banned!

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