Person banned from Ulverston library for ‘extremely inappropriate’ behavior

A LIBRARY user has been banned for “obviously inappropriate” activity.

Figures given to this newspaper show how many people have been banned from libraries in South Cumbria and the reasons why.

Since 2016, a total of five people have been banned from libraries in the region.

In 2019, an adult was banned from Ulverston Library for “grossly inappropriate” behavior.

It was revealed that a member of staff had challenged a library patron about inappropriate activity. The person was then ‘extremely verbally abusive’ towards the staff member and was banned from the library.

Also in 2019, three adults and a youth were banned from Barrow Library, all for anti-social behavior.

There have been no incidents resulting in bans recorded at Kendal Library since 2016.

The figures were released by Cumbria County Council after a Freedom of Information request.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: ‘Banning people out of libraries is a last resort which is why the last time this happened was three years ago.’

The council’s banning policy applies to people who engage in ‘abusive, threatening and inappropriate behaviour’.

It says: “This policy is not intended to prevent customers from raising or pursuing legitimate and material concerns, requests or demands.

“However, Cumbria County Council has a duty to ensure that staff working for the council and service users have the right to undertake their work free from any type of discrimination, abuse, threatening behavior and of harassment.

“The council has a duty to protect the safety and well-being of its staff and service users.

“We will therefore not tolerate what we consider to be unacceptable behavior on the part of customers.”

Prohibition orders can last for a month, a year or five years.

A five-year ban would be issued for physical assault on a staff member or patron or for criminal damage to library property requiring the replacement of equipment.

During the ban, the library user must enter the premises only with the authorization of the head of community services.

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