Complaints lead to review on pub

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A SCARBOROUGH pub is facing a review of its licence on Thursday after police received a number of complaints about underage teenagers drinking alcohol.

According to a council report police officers visited the Hole In The Wall in Vernon Road at 10.15pm on Friday, November 12, last year and they found up to 75 people present in the bar.

But when they checked identification 13 of the customers were found to be underage, one as young as 15-years-old, and one woman was so drunk she became abusive.

And in October two youths, one aged 16 and the other aged 17, were arrested following an assault of a woman. When they were interviewed by detectives they both stated that they had been drinking alcohol in the Hole In The Wall before the attack – one said he had been drinking shots which cost 50p each.

The report was prepared for Scarborough Council’s Licensing Sub Committee by Barry Lonsdale, a council licensing officer, who said the application for the review of the licence had been made by Cllr Brian Watson.

Mr Lonsdale said: “Reports received from North Yorkshire Police indicate that the premises are used by persons under the age of 18 years where they are able to purchase and consume alcohol.

“The premises licence holders, one of whom is the designated premises supervisor, are not in regular attendance at the premises and the running of the premises is left to inexperienced members of staff.”

He added that the licence conditions also stipulated the use of a Pubwatch radio and a CCTV system – and both had not been complied with.

He said that North Yorkshire Police had requested the removal of the existing licence holders, a digital CCTV system, capable of providing images which could be used as evidence, be installed and that doorstaff were provided at the pub on specified days.

The report recommends the following options:

l to modify the conditions of the existing licence

l to exclude from the licence a licensable activity

l to remove the designated premises supervisor

l to suspend the licence for not more than three months

l to revoke the licence

l to leave the licence in its existing state.

And the decision must be taken under four licensing objectives: prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

The licence holders and other interested parties have been invited to Thursday’s meeting and will be given an opportunity to address committee members.

So far the licensing authority has received one email and four letters in support of the Hole In The Wall.