Dan Nash, The Crown Billericay

Article by Billericay Gazette:"Behave or be banned" is the message to drinkers in Billericay High Street, as a new antisocial behaviour-curbing scheme is rolled out.

The initiative, launched in Billericay today (30 August 2014), will see anyone found causing trouble at a pub in the town banned from every other licensed premises.

First launched by Essex Police, the scheme is run through Pubwatch and supported by the police.

Manager of The Crown, Dan Nash, believes it will help exorcise the drunken demons of the past from Billericay.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Dan Nash, Manager of the Crown"]It is going to get rid of those people who like to cause trouble and make sure people who go out for a drink can do so safely. Before in Billericay, it has been a bit of a scary place to drink, but now with this scheme in place and if everyone sticks together that should change. There have been a fair few pubs that have had their share of problems with violence.[/quote]

A similar initiative has already been implemented in Brentwood and Mr Nash added that he hoped the scheme would bury the darker days of High Street violence.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Dan Nash, Manager of the Crown"]The amount of violence used to be quite high. There were groups of people, probably on drink and drugs, who just looked to cause trouble and it hit the high street quite hard, as some people just liked causing trouble. This scheme will help because it is letting people know we are a non-violence pub and will not tolerate any sort of violence.[/quote]

Co-operation of all town centre pubs will be crucial to the scheme's success and Mr Nash insisted that would not be a problem.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Dan Nash, Manager of the Crown"]There are no feuds between the pubs. Every pub is friendly to each other. I think we are already quite close and that will make the scheme work.[/quote]

Catherine Thwaites, landlady at The Chequers, agreed the scheme would benefit the town.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Catherine Twaites, The Chequers"]Everyone gets on well at the moment and it's very important that we all stick together. I think the scheme is positive because everyone is on the same page and everyone knows what each other is doing and if someone misbehaves in one place they won't be allowed anywhere. Hopefully, it will put anyone off misbehaving.[/quote]

Essex Police also commented on the scheme:

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Essex Police spokesperson"]The scheme will make premises safer and more inviting. It will be strongly supported by both the licensing authority and the police. This scheme is used elsewhere in the Basildon district and has proved to be an effective tool in dealing with people who cause problems in licensed premises.[/quote]

Article and image by Josh Nicholls, Billericay Gazette

 

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