‘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.
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.”