DRUNKS are being banned from pubs across Sunderland city centre.
In the past four weeks, police have excluded four troublemakers from some of Wearside’s most popular bars in a bid to create a safer nightlife for thousands of drinkers.
The exclusions, under the Pubwatch scheme, prevent the yobs returning to venues where they have been caught stealing or assaulting other revellers.
From now on, anyone charged in relation to violence or alcohol-related crimes in city centre pubs will be hit by strict bail conditions excluding them from the area.
Police are also pledging to take action against those selling alcohol to young people, while patrols have been stepped up in areas of the city where youths have been gathering causing antisocial behaviour.
There have also been concerns about youths going into pubs and using passports that have been altered to show an older date of birth.
Throughout January, there were 35 arrests for being drunk and disorderly in the city centre – a reduction of 18 on the month before.
Reported crime has also fallen by 14 compared to January last year.
Mick Hall, city centre Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “We know drunk and rowdy behaviour is an issue for our residents and we will continue to provide a high visibility presence in the city centre to support the night-time economy.
“We are working closely with door supervisors to prevent underage drinkers and troublemakers entering licensed premises while also seizing any fake IDs from under-18s trying to get into pubs and clubs.
“The mobile treatment unit and street pastors are also providing extra services to people in the city.
“Sunderland city centre does have a vibrant nightlife and we want those who are over 18 to come and enjoy it. But if we see any individual or group behaving in a way that has the potential to cause trouble, we will not hesitate to intervene before it gets out of hand.
“We’re working hard to make the city centre an even safer place to enjoy a night out – don’t let being drunk ruin it for you.”