Unight Aberdeen News

Nightclub troublemakers face life ban

- submited by Blair Nichols

By Neil Evans

Published: 01/08/2009

TROUBLEMAKERS could be banned for life from pubs and clubs across Aberdeen.

Aberdeen clubs and other late-night clubs are joining forces to crack down on the worst offenders.

New scheme Unight, launching next month, will see details of people committing serious offences such as buying and taking drugs, or fighting barred from all Aberdeen clubs taking part.

And details of any troublemakers, such as name, age, height and distinguishing features, would be loaded up on to a central database for Aberdeen clubs.

CCTV footage or photographs of offenders would also be included in the file.

Aberdeen bouncers, and other club staff, would be regularly briefed on any people who had been listed on the database.

Secretary of Unight Mark Donlevy who is the licensee at Liquid nightclub in Aberdeens Bridge Place said the scheme would help make Aberdeen a safer place.

This is not a vigilante group trying to be an alternative to the police, he said.

We are hoping the possibility of being banned from all premises will be enough of a deterrent.

So far 31 premises have signed up to the scheme, including Aberdeens three casinos.

The scheme has already been used in Edinburgh clubs and is due to be officially launched in Aberdeen on August 17.

It is hoped the database will be up and running by September 1 when new licensing laws are also introduced.

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