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The Exclusion Scheme

The Exclusion Scheme

If you are violent, disorderly or cause other kinds of trouble in Swansea City Centre and Neath Port Talbot, you face being banned from all participating pubs and clubs. That’s around 50 in Swansea and 20 in Neath Port Talbot.

You can be banned for up to two years - this would have a devastating effect on your social life.

Background:

The Exclusion Scheme is run by Safer Swansea’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP). This is a partnership between businesses and stakeholders who work together to deal with offenders and trouble makers.

There are currently xx people banned in Swansea and xx people banned in Neath Port Talbot.

How does it work?

If you are charged, cautioned or issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice by the police you can expect to be banned from participating venues.

  • You can be banned for up to two years
  • Your photograph will be taken and distributed to participating venues and CCTV
  • If you attempt to enter any of the venues you will be turned away
  • Staff will warn other pubs via Nite Net radio that you are in the area
  • CCTV operators will be on the lookout for you
  • Further action may be taken under anti-social behaviour legislation
  • You have 21 days to appeal

What you can be banned for:

  • Any offence committed in a participating pub
  • Public order offences (section 4 and above) in or in close proximity to participating pubs
  • All assault offences involving injury
  • Race / religious provocation / harassment
  • Criminal damage to building or fixtures and fittings
  • Sexual offences
  • Possession of or intent to supply a controlled drug
  • Theft or fraud offences

Why we can do this:

Every pub, nightclub, restaurant or shop has the legal right to refuse a person entry to their premises. The Exclusion Scheme links all premises under the umbrella of the Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP). Collectively they have the right to exclude people on the grounds of their alleged behaviour. The vast majority of people are well behaved and are welcomed. The small number of trouble-makers who spoil things are banned. It is lawful and it is common sense.