Close partnership working between licensed premises, Nottinghamshire Police, Broxtowe Borough Council and Pubwatch has reaped rewards to reduce anti-social behaviour and disorder in an area of Broxtowe.
In a bid to tackle incidents of violence in some public houses in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, Community Protection Warnings were issued to four offenders to advise them that their violent behaviour would not be tolerated. They were further advised that if their behaviour continued, the warnings could be followed up by Community Protection Notices which if breached could result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution through the courts.
All four people had been barred by Stapleford Pubwatch for various anti-social behaviour and violence related issues. Through the pubs keeping their own records and where Police had attended to assist in removing these people, evidence was gained as a basis for the warnings being served.
Also, a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) was applied for on the back of a criminal charge of unlawful wounding. Scott Copson, aged 34 years was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for this offence and breaching a suspended sentence. The CBO was given for a period of 3 years and excludes the offender from entering on-licensed premises in England or Wales. If the order is breached it becomes a criminal offence. He is currently serving this prison sentence but upon release a photograph and further update will be released.
Inspector Steve Wragg, Broxtowe Borough District Commander for Nottinghamshire Police said, “The police and local authority have worked closely with those involved in the management of the licensed premises and ensured plans have been put in place to prevent anti-social behaviour and disorder.” He added, “By working in partnership, the numbers of incidents at licensed premises have reduced and as a result, Stapleford is a safer place for people to socialise.”
Councillor Mia Kee, Chair of Broxtowe Borough Council’s Environment and Community Safety Committee commented, “This work is an excellent demonstration of the close working relationship which exists between police and borough council officers, resulting in a very positive outcome. Reducing the amount of anti-social behaviour in the Borough is one of the Council’s key objectives within the Community Safety priority which is to make Broxtowe a place where people feel safe and secure in their communities.”