We will not tolerate any violence

Inspector Phil Davies, Worksop Police Station G131101-1c
Inspector Phil Davies, Worksop Police Station G131101-1c

You heard the one about the man who walks into a bar? Well, that’s a joke four Worksop men won’t find very funny now that they have been banned from 14 of the town’s pubs for the next two years.

It came following their involvement in a brawl in the Portland Street area in October last year.

Punches were thrown and kicks aimed at those who had fallen to the floor.

Recently, before Worksop Magistrates’ Court, they admitted affray and were handed various sentences, including the pub bans.

What’s unusual about this case is that we were able to secure convictions without a single formal complaint from a victim.

What kind of relationships do you have with your mates? Are they the kind that would swap their regular hangout for another, potentially in another town, if you had been banned from it? That could mean having to nominate a designated driver or take public transport. Sort of goes against the ethos of a ‘regular’ if you ask me.

We will not tolerate violence of any kind in our communities and we will use all the powers available to us to bring such offenders before a judge.

I think it’s fair to say a blanket pub ban would make for a very lonely time for some, and so it is a very effective deterrent. We work very closely with the venues on our patch and together we certainly intend to pursue bans wherever we can.

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