I've received an Exclusion Notice. What does that mean?
It means that our members don't want you to go into their shops and venues and you are banned from doing so for a period of 12 months. If you try to go in you will be stopped and trying to go in could be considered anti-social behaviour. We may report that to Sussex Police. We will circulate your name, date of birth and photograph to our members on a secure intranet so they know you are banned.
How do I know which places I am banned from entering?
The Exclusion Notice you received also comes with a list of places. Also our members are listed on the 'Members' page on this website.
Who decides if someone is going to be excluded?
The CGBW Board considers the evidence very carefully and often conducts additional investigations and then decides jointly if an individual is going to be excluded. The default position is NOT to exclude someone unless there is robust evidence to support an exclusion.
Where does the evidence for an exclusion come from?
It comes from a variety of sources including our members and the police. We use the National College of Policing Intelligence Management system [the 5x5x5x process] to make sure it is robust evidence.
Can the police ask for someone to be excluded?
No. The police play no part in the decision-making process, although the CGBW may ask them for an address or evidence or information about an individual.
Doesn't excluding people contravene their human rights?
The rights of people who are excluded have been balanced against the rights of our Members to protect their staff and property from harm or loss. The CGBW believes that their rights in this regard outweigh the rights of the excluded individual.
Doesn't sharing personal data with CGBW Members contravene the 2018 Data Protection Act which includes the General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR]?
The CGBW has a 'legitimate interest' in sharing your data i.e. to protect our Members' property, staff and customers from loss or harm and this is allowed under the Act and GDPR [see the Data Protection FAQs page and also the Privacy Statement [Offenders] at the bottom of this page].
Q8. What happens if I breach my exclusion notice and continue to go into places that I am excluded from?
Our members will continue to monitor your behaviour during your exclusion. If you breach it they will report that to the CGBW. We will compile this evidence and present it to Sussex Police and request that they consider issuing you with a Community Protection Notice (CPN). This will require your behaviour to stop and if necessary impose conditions on you to ensure it is not repeated in the future. If you breach a CPN you will be breaking the law and this can lead to a fine or imprisonment.
What do I do if I want to complain about being excluded or challenge the exclusion?
If you believe you have been wrongly excluded you can appeal in writing to the CGBW Board, Ground Floor, 1/7 station Road, Crawley West Sussex .
If you believe that the CGBW has contravened the Data Protection Act 2018 you can complain to us and also the Information Commissioner via their website https://ico.org.uk/concerns/handling/