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Pubs grown safer as four more barred

PUBLISHED: 04:26 20 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

FIVE more customers will not be enjoying festive drinks in their local pubs after being added to a list of those banned by landlords.

Fourteen people are now barred from drinking at more than 60 licensed premises in the Sudbury area but, despite the list growing, publicans say the scheme has been a major success in making premises safer for customers.

FIVE more customers will not be enjoying festive drinks in their local pubs after being added to a list of those banned by landlords.

Fourteen people are now barred from drinking at more than 60 licensed premises in the Sudbury area but, despite the list growing, publicans say the scheme has been a major success in making premises safer for customers.

Yesterday police also praised the scheme for helping create a trend-setting reduction in violent crimes in the area.

The local pub watch scheme, which is supported by the police, is said to be one of the most successful in Suffolk, with 100 per cent of landlords and night-club owners now participating in the four-year-old initiative.

Chairman of the scheme, Long Melford landlord Andy James, said a number of people had been on the banned list for the whole four years. As far as he was aware, all licensed premises rigorously supported the initiative in an area that also included Bures, Great Cornard, Lavenham and Glemsford.

One pub in Cavendish, which was outside the Sudbury police sector, had also joined because it supported the ideals of the project.

Mr James continued: "Although we have recently found it necessary to add five more people to the list for anti-social behaviour on licensed premises, there is a feeling the scheme has been a major success in making local pubs much safer places to visit.

"I was very pleased to hear the comments of a landlady the other day who said she had noticed an increase in the number of unaccompanied women now visiting her establishment, which she put down to a better atmosphere in local pubs and people feeling more comfortable.

"We have received tremendous support from the police, because they see it as a two-way thing which benefits everyone. A person does not necessarily have to be convicted of an offence to be excluded."


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