Islands’ Man Banned By Pubwatch

Hugh Town

An islands’ male has been banned from all pubs in Scilly for a second time.

The action by the licensee group Pubwatch is in reaction to the only reported incident during gig weekend, an event that brought an estimated 5,000 people to St Mary’s.

A Hugh Town landlord called Police after the local, who is in his 20s, became drunk and abusive. The man allegedly threatened to smash windows after he was told to leave licensed premises.

He then went on to repeat the behaviour in another pub.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says that it was unusual to get a call out from two pubs in one evening. The last pub-related incident they were called to was in September.

Licensees met on Thursday and all but one, who abstained, voted to ban the man from all premises for a year.

That will be reduced to 6 months if the male provides a photo, which will be used as ID behind the bar.

Chairman of Pubwatch, Bishop and Wolf landlord Alan Eberlein, says a longer ban could seem like a lifetime on an island. He feels the ban is fair, since the man has been barred before.

Alan was only elected to the Pubwatch chairmanship three weeks ago and says this came as a surprise, as he was told there would be nothing to do.