Pub closed by police set to reopen

A CLOSURE order on a Suffolk pub, imposed because of problems with anti-social behaviour, is due to expire at 3.20am this morning.Police used special powers to keep The Angel pub, in Woodbridge, shut over the weekend.

A CLOSURE order on a Suffolk pub, imposed because of problems with anti-social behaviour, is due to expire at 3.20am this morning.

Police used special powers to keep The Angel pub, in Woodbridge, shut over the weekend. It was first forced to close at 5.30pm on Friday.

The closure order was made under the Licensing Act 1964, on the basis that "there are reasonable grounds to believe there is likely to be disorder on, or in the vicinity of and related to, the premises" said a spokeswoman for Suffolk police.

A further 24-hour extension to the order was made on Saturday and another 12-hour extension was imposed at 3.20pm yesterday.

Licensee Amy Rogers was warned on Friday that she could be fined up to £20,000 and given a prison sentence of up to three months if she failed to comply with the closure order.

Drinkers had to leave the pub, in Theatre Street, and a notice went up outside telling potential customers that it was closed until further notice.

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Tomorrow afternoon, licensing magistrates will hear a police application to revoke the license.

Police acted after many complaints over the last 12 months about the anti-social behaviour of people congregating outside the pub and using the premises.

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