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Banned from every licensed premises in England and Wales..

April 15, 2010

.. but how are we going to police it?

A 20-year-old woman is thought to be the first person to be banned from all licensed premises in England and Wales. (click here for the full BBC story)

Laura Hall, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, cannot enter a pub, club, off-licence, or drink alcohol in a public place for two years.

West Mercia Police said it applied for a “Drinking Banning Order” (DBO) after she was repeatedly arrested for drunken behaviour.

The order, introduced last year, was issued by Kidderminster magistrates.

But there’s no picture of this threat to society, so how will the cashier at my local Sainsburys or Threshers know not to serve her if she happens to pop in for a bottle of Lambrini?

The Drinking Banning Order was introduced by – you’ve guessed it – Labour, last year. I think there have been about three issued throughout the country.

It’s another pointless law, introduced more for style rather than substance. The enforcement of these orders is extremely difficult even if introduced in a small town, but for West Mercia Police to try and ban this woman from every licensed premises in the country is wishful thinking in the extreme.

I smell the scent of someone angling for promotion.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2010 09:31

    It could be made to work. Require all licenced premises to have short-range electronic transmitters, then put electronic tagging bracelets on people given bans.

    When they go within 5-10 metres of a licenced premises, the bracelet would warble and then announce “DO NOT SERVE ME ALCOHOL, I AM A DRUNKEN SCUM”.

    Should do the trick.

    • April 16, 2010 17:57

      5-10 meters would not be neccessary. Think of these things they have in clothes shops that go off like an air raid warning every time some one tries on a pair of jeans, and goes out to “see how they look in day light”.

      That in rever5se. Ie people going IN with a tag….???

      Aye. Good idea.

  2. April 17, 2010 10:00

    Sadly this government has created more ways to offend against the law than ever before in history and at the same time provided less ways to enforce those laws and punish the offences. Consider for a moment just why we would want to stand alone against Interpol as the nation that won’t arrest offenders for offences in other Interpol countries.

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