More than 100 people banned from Romford town centre

More than 100 drunken troublemakers have been banned from Romford town centre.

Havering Council, the police and licensees are getting tough with 103 revelers in a bid to crackdown on alcohol-related disorder

The bans range from three weeks to five years under a new scheme Banned From One, Banned From All, which means anyone excluded from one licensed premises in the town for drink-related disorder will be banned from them all.

The 100th person to get the ban was barred for three years for fighting with another man in South Street on March 12.

The bans have been enforced for a number of incidents including assaults in the street, threatening and abusive language, aggressive behaviour towards door staff, confrontations with police officers and throwing bottles.

Inspector Mick Bates of Havering Police said: “The Romford safe and sound night time committee has issued over 100 bans to people found committing crime in the town centre.

“This has had a real impact on preventing disorder and crime.

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“They have made it clear that local business draws a line against such behaviour and supports the work of Romford Police.”

Cllr Geoff Starns, cabinet member for community safety, said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved when we work with the police and the community.

“Up to 12,000 people come into Romford over a weekend and we want to make sure that the tiny minority who can’t enjoy a drink without getting aggressive are kept away from people who just want to have a fun night out.”

The council intends to roll the scheme out to Hornchurch and surrounding areas in Havering in the future.