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Bars ban for 20 in clampdown

PUBLISHED: 23:10 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:37 05 July 2010

BANNED from one, banned from all.

That was the stark warning being issued to revellers who enjoy nights out at licensed premises in Lowestoft.

Twenty people have been barred or had existing bans extended under the Lowestoft Seafront Nightsafe Partnership.

BANNED from one, banned from all.

That was the stark warning being issued to revellers who enjoy nights out at licensed premises in Lowestoft.

Twenty people have been barred or had existing bans extended under the Lowestoft Seafront Nightsafe Partnership.

The partnership is between the police and participating licensed premises - Notleys, Harbour Inn/Faith Nightclub, Hush Hush, Wherry Hotel, The Edge Bar/Blue Notes, the George Borrow Hotel, Fishermans Wharf, The Drifter, Bridges, Lady of the Lake and Broadview Winebar.

Members met to discuss and review a number of incidents that had taken place either in or outside participating premises.

The banning committee, which consists of licensees supported by the police, informed 20 people that they have received or had extended existing bans from all the member premises.

This was after a series of offences comprising of seven assaults, including two on police officers; nine public order offences; two for possession of drugs; and two for attempting to enter premises in breach of existing bans. The length of the bans vary from six months to two years depending on the offences and any aggravating circumstances.

Inspector Ian Moore said: “Licensees and the police work closely together to try to make a safer environment for the benefit of all those who work within the night-time economy and also for those people who wish to enjoy a night out without fear of violence or intimidation. The banning committee has an ethos of banned from one, banned from all and other premises are currently in the process of joining the scheme.”

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