PUBS in Forth Valley have joined forces in a bid to halt troublemakers in the area.

Eight people have been banned from licensed premises in Stirling, following the launch of a new Pubwatch scheme in the city.

The organisation’s motto – Banned from One, Banned from All – means the minority of people who cause trouble in any one the premises involved in the scheme will face being barred from all pubs in the scheme for a whole year.

Members of the Stirling’s Pubwatch are warning that people who create an unpleasant environment for customers and staff in one pub or bar could then be banned from every city centre establishment.

The eight that are already banned from entering the city’s licensed venues were barred following drink-related anti-social behaviour and crime such as drug possession, assault, theft and criminal damage.

If a banned individual enters a Pubwatch members’ premises and refuses to leave, the police are called immediately.

Dave Thompson, general manager of the Fubar nightclub and co-chair of Pubwatch in Stirling, said: “The Pubwatch scheme aims to pinpoint the minority who cause trouble in Stirling and not those who want to enjoy alcohol responsibly.

“Ensuring the safety of our patrons and staff in and around licensed premises is a top priority for all of us and being part of Pubwatch is a fantastic way for our businesses to talk to each other and work in partnership with the police and other stakeholders.

“It all helps ensure a safe city centre and allows us to send out a clear, joint message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated within our premises.”

Danielle McRorie-Smith, project director at Go Forth Stirling, added: “We are all working as hard as we can to strengthen confidence in Stirling’s evening economy and give people the chance to come into the city centre for an enjoyable and safe night out.

“This latest initiative is aimed at tackling the small number of troublemakers whose anti-social and criminal behaviour creates an unpleasant experience for everyone else.

“If there are serious incidents where the police are called out, then those responsible should be aware they will be banned not only from the pub where the trouble took place but from all licensed premises run by Pubwatch members.

“The bottom line is that a banned individual is not allowed to enter any member’s premises until their ban is finished.

“Joining forces in this way makes it clear that troublemakers are not welcome and their anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in any Stirling city centre pubs.”

The Stirling Pubwatch group is part of National Pubwatch, a voluntary organisation set up to promote best practice by supporting the work of local Pubwatch groups formed by those working in licensed premises.