Banning orders for Cleethorpes assault pair should act as a warning to others
THE banning orders handed to James Aspbury and Liam McKiernam were welcomed by the police and Pub Watch.
After the hearing, police licensing officer Ken Stone said: "Drink banning orders have been used to great effect in the Hull area to reduce the levels of violence in the city centre and we are now actively pursuing appropriate cases over here and ensuring that, where we can, magistrates are made fully aware of their powers to impose these orders.
"Without any doubt whatsoever, drink banning orders will help us to better control those who display bad and criminal behaviour and are intent on causing trouble, both for licensees, their customers and the general public at large.
"On this occasion, the magistrates have decided to complement the licensing trade's own decision, through the Pub Watch scheme, to ban these violent thugs from all pubs and clubs, by putting the banning orders in place.
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"The message I want to send to all those who might resort to violence and bad behaviour as a result of drinking too much is very simple – if you do, we will catch you and we will ask the magistrates to ban you completely from licensed premises.
"People have an absolute right to go freely into Grimsby and Cleethorpes town centres to enjoy themselves without having to worry about whether or not it is safe for them to do so.
"These banning orders will provide the necessary deterrent to make people who want to cause trouble to stop and think before they do so.
"Anyone who disobeys an order can expect to be arrested and put back before a court, where they can be fined very substantially."
Paul Money, chairman of Pub Watch in Cleethorpes, said: "We welcome these two orders, which will help us greatly.
"We are all trying to do our bit to make the area as safe as possible and the court has now done its bit as well.
"The photos and copies of these orders will be sent to all the pubs and clubs and, if the two men are seen, we will let the police deal with them.
"This is real progress."