The Court Not Caution initiative has been launched by National Pubwatch to ensure thugs who attack retailers and licensees are brought before court – rather than being let off with police cautions or fixed penalty notices.
National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker said: “People working in the licensed trade feel that the criminal justice system is not supporting them?.
“Individuals that challenge a licensee or their staff’s efforts to run their business by acting in a violent manner should face consequences for their actions.”?In a bid to ensure offenders face proper justice, National Pubwatch president Nigel Evans MP is tabling an Early Day Motion to urge parliamentary support for the campaign.
The Home Office, police, and Crown Prosecution Service are also being contacted to encourage a change in attitude.
OLN readers can register their support for the initiative through a petition to Gordon Brown at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/courtnotcaution/.