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YOBS who drink too much or cause trouble in city pubs and clubs this Christmas will be shown a red card.

About 2,000 cards have been ordered by Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership to help bars flag up troublemakers.

Anyone refused entry or asked to leave a venue because they are drunk, thought to have taken drugs or is causing trouble will receive one.

Generally anyone caught causing minor disruption will get three chances before the partnership considers banning them from drinking areas. But anyone involved in violence of any kind faces an immediate ban.

The banning orders last for a year and cover venues in Guildhall Walk, some in Albert Road and Palmerston Road in Southsea, Cosham and North End signed up to the partnership.

Staff will take down the person’s details and note the reason for the red card being handed out. The other half of the card is given to the drinker explaining why they are not allowed in.