MORE pubs than ever will serve up bans for troublemakers after the expansion of the successful Northwich Pub Watch scheme.
Pubs in villages around the town have pledged to call time on bad behaviour by signing up to the scheme which sees licensees join forces to make their premises safe, trouble-free havens.
The decision to expand the Pub Watch network was made at the group's monthly meeting when members agreed that its coverage should be broadened.
Pub Watch chairman Jerry Hart said: 'I've been in touch with about 20 pubs in Davenham, Lostock, Barnton, Moulton and Weaverham and every one I contacted has agreed to join the scheme. This is great news because it means the scheme has more support than ever in its campaign to provide a friendly, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere for its customers.
'I hope the expansion will act as a deterrent to customers who never cause any trouble when drinking in their local pubs yet cause problems when they come into town.
'That minority of customers now run the risk of being banned from town centre pubs and their own regular watering hole.'
There are currently 18 premises in the scheme and that number is expected to top 40 when the new members formally sign up at the next Pub Watch meeting in June.
Mr Hart added: 'We meet up every month and talk about any issues that have arisen during the month. This can be anything from security scares to events that are coming up. During the meetings we also talk about any customers who have been causing trouble.
'We discuss the behaviour and follow a process which helps us decide whether or not someone should be banned and if so, how long for. This month we made no new bans but if a ban is made, we have more guidelines and rules to follow to ensure we go through the right process of informing the banned person.'
A total of 12 troublemakers are already banned from pubs taking part in the scheme - which include The Anderton, The Beehive, The Farmers Arms, The Green Dragon, JW's Cafe Bar, Lavine's Wine Bar, The Lion And Railway, The Mill-house, The Old Broken Cross, The Old Crown, The Penny Black, The Roebuck, The Slow and Easy, The Thatched Tavern, The Volunteer, The Wharf, Winnington Lodge and The Witton Chimes - and they will automatically be banned from the pubs joining next month.
Mr Hart added: 'All everyone wants is to go out and have a good time in a safe environment. The majority of customers never cause any problems and this helps us achieve the atmosphere we want most. Sadly, now and then problems do arise that's why it's important to have a network in place to help us deal with those issues.'