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News - 28 June 2006

Brighton excludes problem drinkers

The Business Crime Reduction Partnership has extended its efforts to drive out anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy with positive results. The first two exclusion notices have been issued to two individuals banning them from entering over 100 Licensed Premises in the Brighton and Hove area.

The Yellow Card exclusion notice scheme was launched in November 2005 and so far, staff at Licensed Premises, Door Supervisors and Police have issued 150 yellow cards to people who were committing acts of anti social behaviour in and around licensed premises. Individuals need only to receive three yellow cards on three separate occasions and they will be issued with the ban.

The recipient of one of the exclusion notices from Hove was involved in three separate incidents during which he assaulted three males in the West Street area of Brighton.

The other recipient also from Hove was involved in several incidents mainly being very threatening, aggressive and abusive towards both members of the public and staff in licensed premises.

Martyn Richardson, Area Manager LeisureSec Plc who is the acting security manager of Creation in Brighton, where one of the incidents occurred, said "Our customers have a right to a trouble free and enjoyable night. Those who wish to engage in violence, drugs taking or theft will face the ‘Yellow Card’ from our venue in our efforts to reduce crime in conjunction with the Police and Local Authorities. This system, along with increased pro-active operations is already having a measurable positive effect where incidents are now at an all time low."

Julia Wyborn-Doré - Violent Crime Reduction Officer with Sussex Police - said, “People must take responsibility for their actions. Violence associated with alcohol consumption and anti social behaviour will no longer be tolerated, it is unacceptable to those who frequent the City Centre area and to those who work in it".

"This scheme has been successful in many other towns and cities across the country and we are now beginning to see the same results in Brighton. Serious public place violent crime is now down by 21%, and schemes like this can only assist in this. Those who cause trouble will not only be banned from all the licensed premises in the City Centre area that are members of the scheme, but they could also find themselves in receipt of a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from the Police. Police Officers can issue FPN’s for offences such as using offensive language or even urinating in a public place. An extra £80 for a fine makes for quite an expensive night out.”

Lisa Perretta, Business Crime Manager from the Business Forum's Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) said, "The yellow card scheme is proving to be a valuable tool in Brighton and Hove. The NightSafe scheme is intended to give those involved in alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour little choice but to change if they wish to enter any of the BCRP members’ premises.

“The Exclusion Notice served on these individuals is valid for a period of one year. Any attempts to breach this order could result in an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) which ultimately could lead to up to five years in prison.

"We are working very closely with Sussex Police, security and our members to gather this intelligence and make a difference. This is an excellent example of partnership working!”

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