Patrons causing trouble at bars and licensed restaurants
in and around Cromwell will just have to ''learn the hard way''
if they ignore the warning about the consequences of bad
behaviour, Cromwell police head Sergeant Simon Paget said
Last week, he announced a new joint initiative by police and
Under the scheme, patrons displaying aggressive or violent
behaviour face a blanket ban and being trespassed for up to
two years from nearly all licensed premises in the area.
At the weekend, police attended three separate incidents at
Cromwell hotels and Sgt Paget said those involved could
''lose the privilege of socialising in Cromwell's bars and
''Both the licensees and police are concerned that the
message does not seem to be getting through to people that
this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. I guess some
folk just have to learn the hard way.''
Sgt Paget said a 31-year-old Tarras man was arrested on
Friday for an alleged assault on another man in the Golden
Gate Lodge and would appear in the Alexandra District Court
on March 6 to face a charge of assault.
The following day, a 28-year-old Cromwell man was refused
service at The Brew House because he was intoxicated and
refused to leave the premises. He will appear in court on
March 6 to face trespass, disorderly behaviour and resisting
arrest charges, Sgt Paget said.
Police were also investigating an incident involving two
women, which took place in the Golden Gate. One of the women
was hit on the head with a glass. She received minor injuries
but did not need medical attention, he said.
Sgt Paget praised the role taken by the various bar staff,
managers and owners in dealing with ''these unsavoury
About eight or 10 licensees are involved in the joint
initiative. A 51-year-old Cromwell man, recently convicted
for an assault in a Cromwell hotel, was the first person to
receive the blanket ban.