Blan­ket bans await pa­trons who play up

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

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.

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