Landlords in Yate have signed up to Pub Watch, a national scheme aimed at tackling Anti-social behaviour.

Yate pub watch has returned this week, with six pubs in the area signing up.

The pubs involved within the initiative are Thorns Farm, The Abbotswood Inn, The Farmhouse, The White Lion, The Lawns and The Brimsham Park.

Yate Pub Watch is separate to the Chipping Sodbury Pub Watch, but local police have confirmed there is a link to target individuals moving between the 2 areas.

Offenders causing violent offences, drug related offences or criminal damage will receive a 12 month ban from all the pubs listed. That includes verbal abuse to staff for other customers.

Pub watch is ran by the licensees themselves with police involvement to assist with advice and enforcing the bans.

If the bans are ignored, police can take further action leading to possible court appearances for offenders.

PC Sean White said "We have set up this Pub Watch with local licensees to stamp out any future problems in our local Yate pubs.

"I have been working with PC Angharad Baynham as a Neighbourhood Beat Manager since early summer, covering Yate.

"Licensees are having a tough time at the moment with COVID restrictions so we are happy to support them by introducing this scheme.

"Acts of violence and verbal abuse within our pubs are not acceptable and we take a zero tolerance on this type of thing."

The next meeting for Yate pub watch will be held in The Abbotswood Inn, in November.