Ipswich: Troubled County of Suffolk pub set to open up again

A TROUBLED town pub closed down due to problems with disorder is set to be reopened after a successful appeal by a brewery.

Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, which owns The County of Suffolk in St Helen’s Street, made an application before magistrates in Ipswich to lift a licence revocation order made in May.

During the unopposed application, magistrates agreed to replace the order with another suspending the licence until yesterday.

The court heard the brewery was the pub’s corporate licence holder, while the previous licensee was a tenant.

It was agreed there had previously been problems which had led to the premises’ licence being revoked by Ipswich Borough Council’s licensing committee.

This followed police slapping a closure order on The County of Suffolk due to various issues with the public house’s tenant.

Magistrates heard the underlying objective of the licence revocation in May was to get the tenant evicted and replace them with a new one, so the pub could be run properly.

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Police, the borough council and the brewery were all said to be in agreement the licence should now be suspended rather than be revoked.

In February a large number of police attended the pub because of problems and complaints during a drum and bass night.

After May’s revocation hearing Pc Craig Lannigan of Ipswich’s licensing unit, said: “This result will resonate with the licensed trade in Ipswich and will send a strong message that licensees have strict responsibilities under the Licensing Act and should continually monitor their performance to ensure the public are kept safe while enjoying a night out.”

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