Troublemakers at bars and licensed restaurants in and
around Cromwell risk being banned for up to two years from
nearly all licensed premises in the area.
Under a new joint initiative by police and licensees, patrons
displaying aggressive or violent behaviour will face a
blanket ban and might be trespassed from nearly all hotels
and licensed restaurants in the district.
''This should send a clear signal that enough is enough; it's
not OK or acceptable to come in, cause trouble, to use
alcohol as an excuse to get into scraps or abuse other
patrons or staff - there will be repercussions if you do,''
Golden Gate Lodge general manager Glen Christiansen said
The head of Cromwell police, Sergeant Simon Paget, announced
the initiative and said the collaboration was ''all the more
powerful'' because it involved nearly all the licensed
premises in and around the town.
''If you get trespassed from one, you won't be able to just
go off to another one.
''From a police perspective, it fits our Prevention First
strategy, and from the publicans' perspective, they'll ensure
their premises keeps its good name and patrons will be able
to enjoy themselves and socialise in relaxed surroundings.
''Obviously, alcohol plays a role in antisocial behaviour,
but the hosts are doing their part towards host
responsibility and being proactive and I commend them for
that,'' Sgt Paget said. Liquor licensing officer Constable
Paddy Henderson was instrumental in developing the
initiative, along with licensees.
''Licensees are as keen as we are to see that Cromwell
remains an awesome place to visit, not somewhere you can't
have a drink in peace because of drunken, aggressive
Mr Christiansen said the initiative expanded on a
collaboration started about a year ago between three of the
area's hotels. Under that scheme, patrons trespassed from one
hotel could be ''blued'' from all three.
''We want to have a fun, safe environment for patrons to have
a few drinks. Our message is, you wouldn't go to New World in
broad daylight and carry out that sort of behaviour, so why
do it in hotels and restaurants?
''Ninety-five percent of the crowd are great but it's the 5%
who spoil it for the rest, so we'll be enforcing this
strongly,'' he said. About eight or 10 licensees are involved
in the initiative.
A 51-year-old Cromwell man, recently convicted for an assault
at a hotel in the area, is the first person to receive the
blanket ban, Sgt Paget said.
''Hopefully, he'll be the last, as we really want people to
be able to come out and enjoy themselves, just know when