Police are issuing bans to people who are violent in pubs.
Police are issuing bans to people who are violent in pubs. Alistair Brightman

Roma Police threaten bans to violent pub patrons

ROMA Police have already banned one patron from Roma licenced venues thanks to new powers handed to them to help stamp out alcohol-fueled violence.

Anyone who is caught displaying violence or disrupting patrons at any venue that serves alcohol in Roma can face an automatic ban of 10 days, with the officer-in-charge able to extend that up to three months.

The new banning system comes after the intense media focus over the death of coward punch victim Cole Miller, who was killed last month.

Roma Police’s Cian Jacobs, who works with all venue owners in the Roma Liquor Accord, said the bans also included events that required a liquor licence.

“It covers anywhere a licence or permit for alcohol is needed,” he said.

“One male has already gotten both – he got the automatic ban and it was extended by the OIC.”

On top of the police ban, which exists outside of the courts system, venues also have the power implement bans which cover all venues in the Roma Liquor Accord.

Owner of the White Bull Tavern and the Commonwealth Hotel Ben Cannon said anyone who threw a punch in one of his venues would be banned instantly.

“What we do is one is banned from venue, then they are banned from all venues,” he said.

“If they do that, we give them a letter and ban them for a period of time.

“If someone gets punched, the person responsible will get a ban.”

Mr Cannon said he had observed a reduction in the number of assaults and alcohol-fueled violence cases, but said more work needed to be done to stamp it out.

“It’s the only way to stop this and it’s a very hot topic with the pubs,” he said.

“It limits you to where you can go – you can only go where they don’t serve alcohol.

“I know a guy who has a six month ban from the courts. He can’t do anything with any venue in town.”

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