Hammersmith & Fulham Council has joined forces with the Met Police and local bookmakers to launch an innovative crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Shepherds Bush betting shops.
The new initiative will ban clients causing trouble from all betting shops in the Shepherds Bush Green area including Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road.
A ‘barred from one, barred from all’ policy under the new Betwatch scheme is the first of its kind in H&F as the council aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the north of the borough.
“This joint initiative will help bring an end to people causing anti-social behaviour in our betting shops in Shepherds Bush,” said Kim Dero, Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham Council. “We want to make our high streets safe and pleasant places to shop and work so we will not stand for any form of anti-social behaviour in H&F.”
Ladbrokes, William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfred have signed up to the new initiative in Shepherds Bush.
The pilot scheme will allow a betting shop to share information on barred clients with the other seventeen participating bookmakers in Shepherds Bush who will then automatically ban the person from their premises too.
Names and images of the customers will be passed onto the managers of the betting shops as well as the Met Police.
Shepherds Bush Green Police Sergeant James Burgess added: “This scheme encourages the sharing of intelligence amongst betting shops, the council and police, as we are committed to making our communities safer by preventing and detecting crime and reducing anti-social behaviour. By working in partnership, we can tackle these issues which impact on the quality of life of the local community.”
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