SCANNET helping curb violence in Newcastle nightclubs and pubs

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FANNYS Nightclub wants to share its barred people list with other pubs in Newcastle in a bid to get itself off the NSW tier one declared premises list.

Licensee Russell Richardson said he was finalizing advice on the legality of sharing the names of people barred between other venues within Newcastle.

People behaving in an unacceptable manner would find themselves unable to enter any licensed premises in the Newcastle area.

He said more than 200 people had been banned from Fannys in the last five months – some indefinitely, the others for three months.

MJ Finnegan’s topped the latest violent pubs list with 31 incidents and Fannys was second with 30 incidents.

On tier two were the King St with 16 incidents, The Cambridge with 14 and the Queens Wharf Brewery with 12.

Mr Richardson blamed a spike in incidents in July 2011 for almost a third of the total incidents at Fannys and said the results for last year did not accurately reflect this year’s achievements.

The current management team bought Fannys last year.

“Since that time, we have had the aim of not only reducing incidents, but removing Fannys entirely from this reporting list,’’ Mr Richardson said.

“Notwithstanding, we are bitterly disappointed with the result and the behavior of a small number of our former patrons.’’

He said the pub had employed more security, more managers on the floor, changed their music policy and encouraged safe, responsible drinking practices.

MJ Finnegans licensee Paul Hunter also blamed July and August last year for a “disproportionate number” of incidents at the venue.

“Since then we have implemented a number of new security measures to ensure MJ Finnegans is a safe venue,’’ he said.

“The most notable measure has been the introduction of an ID Scanning system which allows us to identify and exclude problem patrons.’’

The Australian Hotels Association said the fact five Newcastle pubs were on the list proved the “much vaunted Newcastle Model” was flawed.

AHA NSW director of policing and regulations John Green said the venues were the most regulated in the state and proactive policing meant minor issues were identified and reported.