Woodbridge: Troubled pub slapped with last orders ruling

Police called for The Warwick pub's lisence to be review after a number of complaints about disorder

Police called for The Warwick pub's lisence to be review after a number of complaints about disorderly behaviour - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

A SUFFOLK pub has been hit with a list of licensing conditions following numerous reports of disorder from neighbours.

The Warwick pub, in Warwick Avenue, Woodbridge, will have to close for two weeks and must comply with a number of requirements when it reopens.

Police said the pub’s management had failed to properly deal with the recurring problem of crime and public nuisance.

After responding to “ongoing incidents of disorder” outside the pub, and the vandalism of a car in the early hours of Saturday, February 9, Suffolk Constabulary applied for a review of the licence in the interest of public safety.

Police said it followed a series of complaints from a number of local residents since the current licensee, David Yates, took over management of the pub in January last year.

A report put before Suffolk Coastal District Council’s licensing panel said the pub had failed to take proper action to keep disorder under control, and that the tenants had shown “inability to responsibly manage the sale of alcohol without compromising the licensing objectives”.

At a hearing yesterday, the panel heard that 13 households in Warwick Avenue and neighbouring Edwin Avenue had also called for action to be taken, along with Farlingaye ward town councillor John White.

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However, 11 representations were also submitted by regular patrons and residents showing their support for the pub and its managers.

The panel had the option to revoke the license entirely but chose instead to impose further conditions.

The pub must now close an hour earlier at 11.30pm to avoid being used as a “last destination” after other venues stop serving.

Pc Debbie Howgego attended the hearing on behalf of the local safer neighbourhood team and has been involved in policing incidents at the venue. She said: “The committee deliberated at length before coming to a decision to impose additional conditions, a reduction of an hour to licensing times - meaning the premises will now close at 11.30pm - and a 14-day suspension of the premises licence. “Police have attended a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour outside the pub and residents reported feeling uneasy, losing sleep and sometimes feeling intimidated about what was going on in the early hours of the morning.

“We welcome the decision and hope that standards can now be improved and relationships repaired between the premises and local residents.”

The license holder has a right to appeal the decision before magistrates.

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