Login Register

Two strikes and you're out of Gloucester, troublemakers are warned

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

1732754

Tough stance: new city safe co-ordinator Richard Burge

Comments (9)

‘TWO strikes and you’re out’ is the warning anti-social people in Gloucester city centre are being given.

A yellow card system is being introduced from May 1 which will see troublemakers banned after two cards have been issued.

The idea was inspired by a similar scheme in Brighton, where yobs are given four yellow cards before being banned, but Gloucester is taking an even tougher stance.

The campaign is being spearheaded by the new City Safe co-ordinator Richard Burge, who started his role last week.

Related content

He said: “In Brighton it is two yellow cards by night and four by day but we are looking at two cards for both.

“There will be some incidents too, such as attacking security staff, which will see an immediate ban imposed.

“We have still yet to decide if you are banned during the day whether you are also banned at night, but it is likely that if you are caught shoplifting in the day you will also be banned in the evening.”

Mr Burge is now encouraging as many Gloucester businesses to sign up to his scheme.

Members of Gloucester City Safe will be given radios to communicate with other businesses about shoplifters or troublemakers and they will be able to access a website with the details and pictures of banned people.

It will cost members just £1 per day to be involved with the scheme.

Anyone with a ban will not be allowed in the city centre for a period of up to 12 months.

It will be up to a board of five members to vote on a ban, with three votes being enough to enforce one. A breach of the ban could lead to an arrest by police.

The scheme goes live on May 1 and training with the new radio system and website is set to take place next month.

Councillor Jennie Dallimore, chairman of the NightSafe committee, which meets every six weeks to discuss the safety of the evening economy, said: “I think this will come as a shock to certain people in the city when they realise what is happening.”

Read more from Gloucester Citizen

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters

9 comments

  • glosres  |  March 10 2014, 9:00PM

    It it is shops that's all well and good, but that's not what is quoted in the article. 'TWO strikes and you're out' is the warning anti-social people in Gloucester city centre are being given. A yellow card system is being introduced from May 1 which will see troublemakers banned after two cards have been issued. To ban people from the city centre requires a legal dispersal order which is a police matter only. Perhaps it is just a badly written article.

    Rate   1
    Report
  • RoadWombat  |  March 10 2014, 6:27PM

    Glosres - It's all part of multi-agency working, and there is actually nothing really new about it. A number of shops are already in a 'banned from one, banned from all' scheme and the nightclub doormen and police have been in radio contact with each other for years. The new stuff seems to be the website with pictures of the offenders and a general ramping up of the scheme, with a crossover between daytime and nighttime. As far as being legally enforeable, any business owner can decide whom they wish to trade with, so they just choose not to serve people on the banned list. To make it easier to understand - think of it like the old time Western Sheriff 'running troublemakers out of town'.

    Rate   1
    Report
  • glosres  |  March 10 2014, 11:50AM

    I wonder how this can be legally enforceable if it is not run and managed by the police? Are we setting expectations a little too high here?

    Rate   1
    Report
  • hopealliswell  |  March 10 2014, 10:50AM

    I am sure he will do a great job for Gloucester city as a whole due to the fact he has over 20 plus years as a serving Police officer under his belt and would know our city intimately. I wish Mr Richard Burge and his team every success with this initiative.

    Rate   -5
    Report
  • hopealliswell  |  March 10 2014, 10:47AM

    I am sure he will do a great job for Gloucester city as a whole due to the fact he has over 20 plus years as a serving Police officer under his belt and would know our city intimately. I wish Mr Richard Burge and his team every success with this initiative.

    Rate   -13
    Report
  • cityboy1981  |  March 10 2014, 12:39AM

    1

    Rate   -2
    Report
  • Kay_Powell  |  March 09 2014, 7:38PM

    I'll believe it when I see it. It'll probably be like fly-tipping - they say they'll tackle it but they never do.

    Rate   5
    Report
  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 09 2014, 6:48PM

    truthseeker7 I hope they use this against the beggars and street drinkers the only thing is what area will it cover?

    Rate   3
    Report
  • TruthSeeker7  |  March 09 2014, 2:57PM

    just been pondering this one... am guessing that the police will remove people from the town if they are end up red carded? how do they plan to identify everyone? surely anyone wearing a face covering would immediately be excempt and before anyone launches into a 'this is racist' response to this let me make it clear that it is not. It is a genuine problem with a scheme such as this and causes division. So, how will this factor be taken into account?

    Rate   6
    Report

      YOUR COMMENTS AWAITING MODERATION

       
       

      MORE NEWS HEADLINES