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Revellers could face a town centre ban

REVELLERS who look set to cause trouble in Solihull town centre could be banned for up to 48 hours by police.

REVELLERS who look set to cause trouble in Solihull town centre could be banned for up to 48 hours by police.

Under new powers, officers can remove anyone who they fear might start misbehaving.

Until now they can only act if they spot someone who is drunk and disorderly, acting aggressively or committing a crime.

New laws, which were recently rolled out across the West Midlands, will allow police to use their judgement and pre-empt any problems.

Insp Phil Radbourne, who is charged with policing the town centre, said: “It’s all part of our drive towards common sense policing and placing faith in officer judgement.

“If our officers identify someone who’s been drinking, and are concerned they could later act inappropriately, they can order them to leave the town centre and not return within 48-hours.

“Everyone has the right to have an enjoyable night out in Solihull - this power now enables police officers to deal robustly with the small minority of people that spoil everyone else’s fun.”

The new powers are the latest weapon in the fight to make things safer in Solihull town centre.

Police already work with licensed premises and security staff to curb night-time troubles.

 

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