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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Black Eye Friday troublemakers will get pub bans, say Cumbria police

More than 100 troublemakers are banned from pubs in west Cumbria.

Sgt Richard Farnworth photo
Sgt Richard Farnworth

And police say they’ll add to that total if problems flare today – the most notorious drinking day of the year.

Officers are stepping up patrols across the county for Black Eye Friday.

In west Cumbria, they’ll be supported by staff from the 500 licensed premises that are part of the Pub Watch scheme.

It currently has 130 people on a banned list, which bars them from entering bars for a minimum of three months.

Since April 2012, 315 people have been hit with Pub Watch bans in west Cumbria. Of those, only two have reoffended.

Sergeant Richard Farnworth, of the area’s community safety unit, said: “Being banned from every pub and club at this time of year will have a huge impact, with friends going out and leaving those who have been banned behind because they were unable to control their behaviour.

“We want people to enjoy themselves without the fear of being involved in violence. Immediate action can also be taken by police officers by issuing a 48-hour ban from the town centre.”

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