Hertfordshire crime: Police ban 40 people from bars and pubs in Hertford

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Hertford Police have banned 40 people from bars and pubs in the town after reports of anti-social behavior.

Hertfordshire Police are working even more closely with local partners to reduce crime, anti-social behavior and improve safety in the night economy.

Operation Attitude has been in place for three months and proactively targets those who want to cause trouble in the city centre.

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There has been an increased police presence and the force is working with the District Council, permit holders, gate staff, street pastors and St. John Ambulance to make the town a safer place to enjoy an evening.

The introduction of a dispersal order also allowed officers to use powers to move people away from the city center whenever necessary.

Since early December, 40 people have been banned from entering licensed premises in the city, thanks to Pubwatch’s “Behave or Be Banned” scheme.

The initiative means that anyone who is barred from any premises will be automatically banned from all Pubwatch member premises for a specified period, depending on the seriousness of the offence.

Of the 40 banned, ten were banned for five years and one was banned for life. Seven other people received warning letters.

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Sergeant Clare Ramirez, of the East Herts Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Hertford has a bustling nighttime economy and we welcome those who want to come to town and behave.

“My team’s job is to identify the small minority of those who don’t want to act reasonably and prevent them from coming back.

“Their actions often cause misery to others and this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

“We’ve already worked hard to install Scannet at seven of the city’s largest sites, making it easier for licensees and police to identify violators. We are also rolling out a new initiative called Licensing SAVI, as well as vulnerability training for everyone involved in the night economy, to help them identify vulnerable people and keep them safe.

“I want to thank licensees and our partners for doing everything they can to make the night economy a safe place for everyone.”

Alongside local CSP partners, East Herts Police recently launched a Feeling of Safety Survey, to allow people to share their views on how safe they feel in the local community.

To give your opinion, click on the area that concerns you: East Herts Rural; Buntingford; Bishop’s Stortford; Sawbridgeworth; Hertford; Items.

East Herts CSP is made up of local organizations, including East Herts Council, police, fire, education providers and justice services, who work to make East Herts a place safe place to live, work and visit.

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