Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds has called on magistrates and judges to give out more booze bans, having welcomed the county’s first Drink Banning Order.
This week, violent drunk Paul Martindale, from Corby, was banned from entering any pub, club or bar in Northamptonshire, on top of being banned from being drunk in public, for the next two years.
The order, known as a Drink Banning Order, or DBO, was imposed by a judge at Northampton Crown Court.
Speaking today, Mr Simmonds, called for similar orders to be handed out to nuisance drunks.
He said: “I am delighted by the decision of the court to utilise the Drink Banning Order, which has been available to the police and courts since 2009.
“Clearly it is something which has been under-utilised in the past and I am keen for magistrates, judges and the police make the best use of all the tools available to them, such as DBOs, in the future.
“The Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow, has been particularly successful in reducing violent crime by as much as 40 per cent.
“This has only been achieved by the police and their partner agencies across the criminal justice system and local government working together, using all of the powers available to them to address many of the problems that violence and alcohol were causing within their locality.”
He added: “We know alcohol is a causal factor in half of all violent crime in Northamptonshire. By sentencing our most persistent and violent offenders to abstinence, we are taking away their weapon and making Northamptonshire a safer place as a result.”