16 October 2010
A scheme set up to protect Leeds city centre businesses from criminals has been given a major boost.
Police can now serve notices on anyone involved in crime or anti-social behaviour to exclude them from premises of 250 members of Businesses Against Crime in Leeds (Bacil)
Previously, to exclude people from premises they first had to be identified
as being responsible for crime or antisocial behaviour, then traced to their home address where the notice could be served.
Under the new process, once the person has been identified an entry is made on the police national computer.
Officers from the City neighbourhood policing team (NPT) can then access this remotely while on patrol and serve the notice in the street.
In the first week of the new system, five people have already been served with the exclusion orders.
Should they break the terms of the order by entering any Bacil premises within two years they will be asked to leave, and should they protest against this they could face an anti-social behaviour order.
PC Andy Johnston, who runs the scheme, said: “Exclusion orders are a great way for businesses to fight back against crime because the majority of people don’t return to the city centre.
“Many who do are also well-known to our members, so they’re often stopped from entering premises as soon as they try to enter.”
Inspector Grant Stead of the City NPT said: “We enjoy great links with city centre businesses and are keen to do everything we can to cut crimes which affects them.
“The new process is great news because we can take even quicker action against those involved in crime or antisocial behaviour to put a stop to the problems they cause.”