Some of Cardiff’s most notorious pubs have joined together to ban trouble-makers from their bars.
The Pubwatch scheme, launched by seven pubs in Splott, Adamsdown and Roath, is the first of its kind in the city.
The scheme means that if a person is banned from one pub, they are banned from all seven Pubwatch premises.
The seven pubs involved are the Splotlands, Canadian, Clifton, Royal Oak and Cottage in Splott and Adamsdown, and the Crofts Hotel and Four Elms in Roath.
Representatives from each pub met at the Four Elms to sign up to the Cardiff Pubwatch code of conduct.
They will now meet once a month to discuss any issues and share information on banned individuals.
Criteria for exclusions include acts of violence, vandalism, threats to staff, use and supply of drugs, and anti-social behaviour.
Decisions on whether to ban customers are made by the whole group, rather than one individual landlord, eliminating any perception that a ban has been made due to a grudge or personal vendetta.
The scheme, part of the National Pubwatch Scheme, is run by the pubs and supported by police licensing and neighbourhood officers, who deliver the banning letters.
Landlord Leon Tarr, who vowed to turn around the Splotlands in Meteor Street, Adamsdown, after taking over the lease in May, said the scheme would “eliminate disorder and anti-social behaviour”.
He said: “I have been involved with similar schemes right across the country and I cannot overestimate their benefit.
“Put simply – if you are barred from one pub you are barred from them all. Pubs around here have suffered from the reputation of being troubled pubs with troubled customers.
“We are saying we’re having a go and making sure that our pubs are attracting the right people, and if you are not there to drink sociably and have a good time in a sensible way then, not only can you not drink in one pub, but you can’t drink in any of them.
“This way people from the local community and further afield will know these pubs are full of the correct people doing the correct things and that they are safe, clean and friendly places.”
Cardiff licensing officer, PC Lynda Howells, said: “[It] is a vibrant area that has a lot to offer when it comes to enjoying social time. However, people feel deterred from entering some pubs due to the actions of a mindless few.
“We are delighted that our partners in the licensed trade have agreed to set up the first Pubwatch in Cardiff to ensure such a minority are not welcome and make [the area] an ever safer place to enjoy a night out for customers and staff.”
Any other licensed premises interested in the scheme are asked to contact the police licensing team at Cardiff Bay Police Station on 029 2063 4159. More information can be found on the National Pubwatch website.