Behave or be banned
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Drunken troublemakers will find themselves off the pitch, and onto the subs bench this month, if they misbehave during the European Championship.
We are working with licenced premises ahead of the Euros to make sure that all our pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars are safe places to watch the football competition or to hold celebratory drinks.
Throughout the Euros and beyond we will be working closely with Pubwatch which provides an opportunity for licensed businesses in Essex to work together with us and partners to prevent crime, disorder and public nuisance, as well as promoting public safety in and around their premises.
Through the Behave or Be Banned (BOBB) scheme, Pubwatch groups can make the process more effective by banning those who don't behave. Anyone who is banned from one venue, will find themselves banned from all venues in the Pubwatch group.
Licensing Officer Rachel Savill, and contributor to Chelmsford Pubwatch, said:
“This scheme will ban anyone that has engaged in criminal acts in and around pubs. For them, it means that they will be limited to where they can socialise, but more importantly, for us it will reduce their opportunity to reoffend and act as a deterrent to others.
“Chelmsford Pubwatch has banned 10 people since the reopening of licensed premises on 12 April as part of the easing of Covid restrictions. It would be a shame to risk any opportunity we have to enjoy the summer with family and friends but keeping everyone safe this summer is our main priority.”
Pubwatch can ban a person under the Behave or Be Banned scheme where one of the following has taken place: violent conduct, criminal damage, disorderly behaviour, possession of drugs including intent to supply drugs or possession of offensive weapons. The person will not only be banned but is likely to receive a criminal record.
Superintendent Nick Morris, who is leading the Essex Police Euros operation, added:
“The European Championship kicks off on Friday. We would urge you not to score an own goal by using it as an excuse to commit crime, such as drink or drug driving, take part in disorder or commit clear and blatant breaches of the coronavirus regulations.
“We have been in touch with licensed premises across the county and they are aware of what is expected of them.
“We will have additional patrols in place during high profile matches to ensure that people enjoy them responsibly.
“If you do use the event to take part in disorder, commit crime or commit blatant breaches of coronavirus regulations, we will take action.
“So please, when you are watching your team’s matches, whether that be in the pub or in private homes with friends and family, please be safe and stay within the numbers that are allowed.”