Yobs banned as council and police take zero tolerance stance

Anyone found guilty of looting and public order offences following last Tuesday's unrest in Manchester city centre will be excluded from stores for two years, in a joint measure by retailers in CityCo's Business Crime Reduction Partnership, backed by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police.

The Business Crime Reduction Partnership will use its powers to exclude convicted criminals from over 400 stores that sign up to the civil exclusion scheme. These include all the shops in Manchester Arndale and Triangle shopping centres as well as department stores Debenhams, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser.

The names and pictures of individuals will be added to the offender database and shared with members of the scheme. These offenders will be written to and informed of the ban. Members have the right to refuse entry to their stores.

Cllr Pat Karney, city centre spokesperson for Manchester City Council, said: "The scenes we witnessed on Tuesday night were shocking and we cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour in Manchester. The civil exclusion scheme is already doing a fantastic job and it makes sense to add these disgraceful individuals, who show complete disregard for others people's property, to the list."

CityCo is Manchester City Council's management company for the city centre. Rob Dyson, head of CityCo's Business Crime Reduction Partnership, added: "The public disorder last week has had a tremendous impact on our retailers and has damaged the local economy. We want to send out a strong message that Manchester's business community is standing together and those that disrespect our city are not welcome and will not be allowed to enjoy it."

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