Police introduce pub exclusion zone at Axminster

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:30 06 February 2013

Sgt Steve Paynter and PC Simon Rodgers with the pub ban warning  being put up around Axminster. Photo by Chris Carson

Sgt Steve Paynter and PC Simon Rodgers with the pub ban warning being put up around Axminster. Photo by Chris Carson


Tough new powers adopted by officers to combat alcohol-fuelled troublemakers

Police have revealed details of the exclusion zone they plan to operate to ban alcohol-fuelled troublemakers from Axminster pubs.

Special ’section 27’ powers are being invoked to clamp down on anti social behaviour, following recent disturbances involving drinkers in the town.

Officers are now able to direct drunken troublemakers, who present a risk of crime or disorder, to leave an area and not return for up to 48 hours.

Notices are going up in the exclusion zone, which surrounds five town pubs, warning people that officers will be conducting regular patrols.

Anyone issued with a direction to leave order will have to stay out of the exclusion zone for the required period or face being arrested.

Police stress recipients of exclusion orders will not be prevented from accessing their homes or workplaces if either, or both, are within the zone.

A spokesman added: “Axminster is a safe place and these few recent outbreaks are very rare. The local neighbourhood team, based at Axminster Police station, is working closely with all licensed premises in the town centre to try and reduce the numbers of incidents that occur inside and outside of these premises and anyone issued with a direction to leave order will be reported to the licensing committee and requested that they be banned from all licensed premises within Axminster town centre for up to a period of 12 months.

Duncan Colvin, chairman of Axminster Licensee Association said: “We have the authority, backed by the police, to issue a 12 month ban to all licensed premises, including shops, if we feel appropriate.

“The association has used this sanction in the past and will continue to monitor individuals.

“It is often the case that a pub can be tarnished by the actions of a small minority, often intent on causing towable. Our aim is to be firm with the few troublemakers to ensure we can all enjoy the great variety of pubs Axminster has to offer.”

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