Rogues' gallery for pubs

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Rogues' gallery for pubs
Licensees in York will receive a rogues' gallery through their letterbox containing photos of the city's troublemakers. The pictures of people who...

Licensees in York will receive a rogues' gallery through their letterbox containing photos of the city's troublemakers.

The pictures of people who have been banned from pubs and clubs by the courts will appear in a publication called 'A Copper's Tale'.

Officers say it will be a valuable tool in the fight against crime.

John Lacy, City of York Council's licensing manager, told ThisisYork.co.uk:

"While drunken youths don't mind getting fined, what they don't like is being banned from pubs - because they cannot socialise with their mates.

"This is a very effective measure of reducing and deterring violence."

Licensing officer PC Mike Welsh, added: "It is important that we include restaurants. It won't be available to the public, but if somewhere is licensed they are going to get it.

"Licensees will be able to show The Coppers' Tale to their staff so they know who has been banned from pubs and clubs.

"Bar staff might know someone has been banned if they drink in their establishment regularly, but what is to stop them going to a pub across town?

"It means that someone from Acomb who is banned from the city's pubs won't just be able to go and drink in Clifton without the fear of being recognised."

The magazine, which will also publish the latest news about licensing laws and local crime prevention advice, will be printed quarterly.

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