Ashford Partnership Against Crime Ltd operates to combat anti-social behaviour and other crime in Ashford and the surrounding areas.
           
 
Our Exclusion Policy

Persons who commit crime or anti-social behaviour in or outside A.P.A.C. Scheme premises may be excluded from all Scheme premises in Ashford town.

Circumstances leading to the issue of an exclusion notice will vary; for example, where an individual is involved in an incident that requires an immediate and appropriate response, or where two or more documented incidents reported to the Partnership Manager suggests, when put to the Board, that an individual’s behaviour has reached the stage where an exclusion notice is appropriate.

Reported incidents will relate to, for example but not exclusively:

 
  • Theft Act offences,
  • Illegal drug use
  • Public Order offences,
  • Criminal damage
  • Possession of offensive weapons
  • Violence and abuse
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Anti social behaviour
  • Drink Related Offences

It may be the case that an individual has a criminal case pending which may lead to a conviction in the near future. In these circumstances the Partnership Manager may consult with the Police and the Partnership Board before a decision is made to proceed. Due consideration must be given to all the circumstances involved to ensure the decision to proceed is fair and appropriate.

The issue of an exclusion notice is not dependent on a previous criminal conviction/caution or anti social behaviour order.

Therefore, subject to Human Rights considerations, and having regard to all the circumstances of the offending behaviour or documented activity, consideration of an exclusion will be made, for example, as follows:


1. Where an offender is arrested and subsequently prosecuted or cautioned. A caution may be counted as a conviction as the offender will have admitted the offence.

2. Where an individual is arrested and bailed (or Released Under Investigation) by the police to conduct further enquiries into offences against member/s premises or the circumstances of the case and effect on the victim(s) suggest that the alleged offences were such that an exclusion is appropriate.

3. Where the number of documented incidents amounts to two or more or the gravity of the offending reported to the partnership coordinator suggests that an individual’s behaviour has reached the stage where an exclusion notice is an appropriate response even though there has been no conviction.

4. A person subject of an exclusion order from the courts under the Licensed Premises (Exclusion of Certain Persons) Act 1980 may be considered for a Partnership exclusion.

5. Behaviour of a persistent nature that adversely affects a member and /or their staff and business to such an extent that they call on the assistance of other partnership members to deter the suspect or offender from continuing the behaviour.

6. A combination of the above circumstances.

This cannot be an exclusive list as members have the right to exclude persons who’s presence they find unacceptable for any reason, so long as the selection criteria are not unlawful.

The APAC Exclusion Scheme does not prevent individual members from issuing their own 'Trespass Notice'.