Any individuals convicted of looting in Manchester as part of last week’s riots are to be banned from the city’s main shopping areas, it was confirmed today.
The civil exclusion scheme, which is being organised under Manchester’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership, will prohibit those involved in the civil unrest from over 400 stores for a two-year period.
Along with both The Manchester Arndale and Triangle shopping centres, department stores Debenhams, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser will also enforce the ban.
Councillor 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.”
Manchester was sucked into the violence and mass criminal damage that had started in London last weekend on Tuesday evening, with several shopping locations victims of looting, including The Arndale Centre, and a Miss Selfridges store on Market Street set on fire.
Names and pictures of those found to be involved in the criminality will be added to an existing offender database which is shared with retail members of the scheme. All offenders will be informed of the ban and all shops involved will have the right to refuse them entry.
Manchester’s management and marketing group CityCo started the Business Crime Reduction Partnership to help keep known troublemakers away from the city’s key businesses.
Rob Dyson, Head of CityCo’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership, commented: “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.”
Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to call for a review later today to look into how to fix the UK’s “broken society” in response to the riots.