Crackdown on Felixstowe troublemakers
SUCCESSFUL plans cracking down on trouble in Felixstowe's seafront nighspots are to be extended to other parts of the resort.Police say the first 18 months of the Nightsafe scheme have gone so well landlords in Walton, Old Felixstowe and the town centre are to be asked to help set up a similar venture.
SUCCESSFUL plans cracking down on trouble in Felixstowe's seafront nighspots are to be extended to other parts of the resort.
Police say the first 18 months of the Nightsafe scheme have gone so well landlords in Walton, Old Felixstowe and the town centre are to be asked to help set up a similar venture.
Felixstowe police commander Insp Andy Bushell said: "The other areas of the town do not have the same problems as the seafront which is why we targeted that area first.
"But the outlying areas do have problems sometimes and there a great many benefits they could gain from being involved in a scheme.
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"One of the great benefits, for example, to the pubs and clubs on the seafront has been the way in which they now work together.
"There is a link between them and they support each other.
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"Nightsafe is not just about dealing with disorder, it's about looking after your business and working together, and I am sure the other pubs in the town will find ways they can work together and make progress."
Contact had been made with other pubs in the town to see if they would be interested.
The vast majority have indicated that they would be very keen to take part.
Nightsafe was launched last summer to crack down on drugs, drunkenness and disorder, ridding the town of violence, pushing out the pushers and trying to attract people to enjoy its nightlife.
Special radios have been issued to link all licensed premises so details of trouble, drunks or drug pushers can be passed swiftly to all landlords and doormen.
The most high-profile initiative has seen troublemakers banned from the area following alcohol-related incidents.
Nearly 40 people have been barred in the past year with 23 still serving bans from three to 12 months, and 45 currently on warning letters.
Police say those banned have not reoffended again.
Details of the banned drinkers, and in some cases photographs of known convicts, and drug pushers, have been given to the management and door staff of all the resort's seafront licensed premises.
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