Blanket bans await patrons who play up
An initiative has been set up by Cromwell police with hotel and restaurant owners to impose a blanket ban patrons who are aggressive or violent in a bid to clean up hostile behaviour in the town. Sergeant Simon Paget said individuals who displayed aggressive or violent behaviour could face a blanket ban and be trespassed from all of Cromwell’s hotels and taverns and other licensed restaurants. The initiative was set up to discourage undesirable behaviour and provide a friendly, relaxed and trouble-free environment for people to enjoy while at licensed premises. ‘‘Occasionally, this is spoilt by a minority who don’t know when enough is enough and become quarrelsome and violent, the effects of which have ramifications both for the licensee and for police, ambulance and hospital staff who are often called to deal with the resulting offending and injuries,’’ Mr Paget said. Victoria Arms Hotel manager Murray Stuart said he hoped the initiative would make some people in the town realise that if they ‘‘play up’’ and cause problems they may find themselves left at home while their friends go out. ‘‘Anybody that plays up can’t go from one hotel to the next. People will have to behave,’’ Mr Stuart said. A 51-year-old Cromwell man convicted for an assault at a licensed premises earlier this month was the first person to receive a blanket ban.