Troublemakers banned from Chesterfield pubs

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Nearly 50 people have been banned from pubs in Chesterfield.

Members of the town’s Pub Watch scheme, where pub landlords share information with the police and other members in a bid to improve safety and reduce incidents, voted unanimously for the 46 men and women to be barred.

The were originally arrested by police in connection with drugs offences during a police operation in the town centre operation, which ran between October and December last year.

Each of the 46 men and women have been banned from entering 33 licenced premises in the town centre for the next five years.

A further 15 premises, that form the Sheffield Road Pub Watch, are also considering banning the individuals, and members will taking a vote at their meeting next week.

Pub Watch schemes are established by licensees and membership is restricted to licensed premises.

They link in with the police, council and community safety partnerships, and work together to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Roger Butler, Deputy Chairman of Chesterfield Pub Watch, said: “Chesterfield Pub Watch is keen to support Derbyshire police in reducing drug related crime in our night time economy.”

Inspector Glyn Jones, who is responsible for the police licensing team in Chesterfield, said: “Pub Watch schemes can be very effective in taking a stand against crime and anti-social behaviour, which in turn helps create a safe and pleasant environment for people to enjoy a night out.

“This decision also shows that the members take their responsibilities to the wider community seriously, and by working together they can have a greater impact on keeping town centre premises safe.”

Pubwatch members hold regular meetings where they raise issues of concern with authorities.

They share intelligence on those banned from pubs and report troublemakers.