Bar is hit by final licence warning

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A SCARBOROUGH bar owner has been slapped with a final warning after worries over under-age drinking at his venue.

Gary Williams, who runs Tonics, in Waterhouse Lane, was hauled before Scarborough Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee over a “number of breaches” of his licence.

The committee accused Mr Williams of failing to adhere to three licensing objectives in relation to public safety, protection of children and prevention of crime and disorder, with councillors telling him they had “strongly considered revoking the premises licence.”

Councillors cited one incident where 400 tickets had been sold for a Scarborough Sixth Form College party – which was four times the capacity deemed safe for the venue.

The event was halted at the last minute, with councillors saying they believed it could have resulted in serious casualties or even death if it went ahead.

The committee heard reports of the bar failing to supply adequate CCTV footage which compromised a police investigation, with councillors told the premises had allowed under-age drinking, advertised an irresponsible drinks promotion and had failed to carry out proper measures to protect young people.

The bar’s management were also accused of being “obstructive, abusive and aggressive with police officers”.

Councillors added 19 new conditions to the bar’s licence, including a ban on anyone under 18 going into the premises during operating hours.

Cllr Brian Watson, chairman of the Licensing Committee, said: “This decision should be a wake-up call.

“He should be in no doubt that we will not tolerate profit being put before safety.

“I am pleased Mr Williams acknowledged his mistakes and look forward to an improved standard.”

Insp Tony Quinn, from Scarborough Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “North Yorkshire Police were keen to support the application for the review of Tonics owing to some very serious concerns we had relating to a lack of co-operation when seeking CCTV evidence and in relation to the safety of young people.

“We were pleased to see Mr Williams express regret for his actions and agree to the new licence conditions.

“We look forward to working with him to ensure the premises are now run responsibly and safely.”