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City clubs Unighting to keep out yobs

posted 26 Oct 2009, 06:58 by David Rintoul   [ updated 26 Oct 2009, 07:10 ]

Violence and drug dealing in city nightclubs has been slashed since the launch of a scheme aimed at banning troublemakers.

The Unight scheme, which links all 45 venues with late licences in the Capital, has led to a 21 per cent drop in recorded crime outside nightspots.

And the scheme has just been recognised with a national award, picking up the Outstanding Achievement accolade at the inaugural Scottish Police Awards ceremony held at the Police Training College at Tulliallan.

New figures show that serious assaults fell by 50 per cent in Unight's first nine months in operation, while drug offences dropped by 55 per cent. Under its data-sharing system, still pictures of drug-takers or violent customers taken from CCTV cameras are sent to other clubs.

Offenders are given a banning letter prohibiting them from entering any of the venues, with the minimum order lasting three months.

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