Police in Newquay have seen a “significant drop” in cases of antisocial drinking since joining forces with drinks retailers in the town, Off Licence News can reveal.
The 'Banned From One Banned From All' scheme was set up by the police in Newquay in association with the town’s 17 off-licences, convenience stores and supermarkets last June to give drinks retailers support in dealing with troublemakers.
Retailers whose stores are targeted by antisocial customers are given permission to report individuals to the police, who promise to investigate them.
If someone is found persistently causing a nuisance the police will send them a letter telling them they are banned from buying alcohol from anywhere in the town and warning them they could be hit with an Anti Social Behaviour Order if they continue.
Newquay police community support officer Pete Sobye came up with the idea after working on a similar scheme in nearby Truro.
He told Offlicencenews.co.uk: “We have a scheme in pubs, but we had nothing for off-licences. Since we’ve run it off-licences have seen a significant drop in the number of under-age drinkers and in the number of people buying alcohol for young people. We’ve also got a homeless fraternity here in Newquay and street drinking has virtually disappeared.”
Drinks retailers are issued with folders showing photos of the people who are banned from buying alcohol and all meet once a month with police to discuss issues affecting their business.
Sobye said: “It’s going very well. Off-licences have been pro the scheme, because they are fed up with people trying to buy alcohol for kids and people causing trouble in the town.”