Trespass system touted

A joint scheme by Kaikoura police and publicans could put an end to the disturbing trend of alcohol-related incidents in the town.

Sergeant Peter Payne, of the Kaikoura police, said the scheme was likely to mean a trespass system in the area under which troublemakers could be banned from all premises selling alcohol.

That could extend to sports clubs as well.

"It's about everyone working together to reduce alcohol-related offending in Kaikoura," he said.

"The police are immensely supportive of the initiative."

Mr Payne said alcohol was a significant problem and contributed a great deal to crime and offending around Kaikoura, and he hoped the collaborative approach would send a clear message to anyone thinking of causing trouble.

The idea is that offenders would be banned from all outlets for a specific timeframe.

Strawberry Tree bar owner Shayne Kavanagh said he hoped the initiative would be seen as a positive step in combating alcohol-related issues.

People needed to realise that sometimes it was better to go home once they had had enough to drink.

"If you go home quietly, you will be welcome back again," he said.

Mr Kavanagh said it was encouraging that all the alcohol outlets were all on the same page in wanting people to enjoy their night out without trouble getting in the way.

The Marlborough Express