Linked ID scanners for Kings Cross


Installing ID scanners at licensed pubs and clubs through Kings Cross is one of several proposals aimed at curbing violence in the area, a local business alliance says.

Premier Barry O’Farrell will announce the plan on Tuesday as part of the state government’s management strategy for the notorious Sydney nightspot after Thomas Kelly was fatally bashed in July.

The Kings Cross Liquor Accord, a network of licensed businesses, says it is part of moves to clean up the strip.

“We’ve been working continuously with the government on a range of proposals,” the group’s spokesman Phil McCall told AAP.

The group will formally respond to the management plan later on Tuesday.

The measures include installing linked ID scanners that will make sure anyone thrown out of a Kings Cross premise is denied access to all others.

“My message to troublemakers is: When you’re out, you’re out,” Premier Barry O’Farrell told News Ltd.

Police will also be given access to the scanners to help them identify people when a crime has occurred.

In August Mr O’Farrell foreshadowed new restrictions in Kings Cross, including bans on shots, doubles and pre-mixed drinks being sold after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, and banning all glassware after midnight.

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