Pub landlords in Kettering have teamed up with the police to remind football fans to have an enjoyable – and safe – drinking experience during the World Cup.
England’s presence in Brazil means there will be thousands of people packing into pubs in the town centre eager to see Roy Hodgson’s team do well in the finals.
But town centre landlords in the Kettering Pubwatch scheme have warned that anyone who spoils the fun for other revellers could be banned from every town centre venue.
Kettering Pubwatch chairman Jamie Lane said: “Our main aim is to make Kettering a safer and more enjoyable night out.
“Everyone wants to have a good time, but we’re reminding people to be sensible and not spoil that fun for others.”
Kettering Pubwatch has been running for a number of years, although the group was revitalised about six months ago when a number of new landlords joined.
There are 16 pubs and clubs in the scheme, and currently 16 people are banned from town centre pubs for between six months and three years for a variety of offences – including assaults, drugs possession and possession of weapons.
Mr Lane added: “The group has been effective. We get a good attendance at meetings and everyone is going in the same direction.”
Kettering police night-time economy officer PC Tony White said: “This isn’t about trying to stop people from enjoying themselves, it’s about saying to people that they should have fun responsibly so that everyone can enjoy their night out.
“Obviously, with lots more people in the town centre, there will be a bigger police presence to monitor that.
“The police and Pubwatch don’t want to have to ban anyone for causing a nuisance, but we’re reminding people that they could face that penalty.”
Pubwatch meets monthly. Any banning orders are voted on by members and the bans can last for up to five years.