Nine banned from licensed premises

NINE people have been placed on the Hervey Bay Liquor Accord in the past two months, Senior Constable Mick Bleakley says.

But the Hervey Bay police officer said that while the figure was high, police were not surprised considering Christmas and the new year had fallen over that period.

The people were placed on the accord, which bans them from entering any licensed premises, over a range of incidents.

Members of the Liquor Accord met yesterday to discuss the new additions to the list and other alcohol-related incidents that have occurred since their last meeting.

Snr Const. Bleakley said it was decided that those who re-offended by entering licensed premises while named on the accord would face a further ban of two years.

Similarly, those who have just finished serving a ban period under the accord and re-offend soon after will also face the extra two-year ban.

Other matters discussed at the meeting were the appeals process for those who want their ban overturned and the success of the police operation targeting licensed venues over the holiday season.

“The licensees felt the extra police patrols did assist with antisocial behaviour,” Snr Const. Bleakley said.

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