Licence review of town-centre bar

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POLICE in Scarborough have vowed to operate a zero-tolerance approach to alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder in the town’s bars.

The pledge comes ahead of a licence review into one of the town’s most popular bars, Blue Lounge in St Thomas Street, which is set to take place at the Town Hall on Wednesday.

The police demanded the review following 62 incidents in 2010, including serious assaults which in some cases have resulted in the loss of teeth and broken bones.

Chief Inspector Dave Foster, of Scarborough Police, said: “What we have in Scarborough is a very safe town, but there are isolated incidents that we recognise and identify and then take action working with the licensees.

“If we don’t feel we have had the response we should have, then we will seek further action to stop these incidents taking place.”

The Hole in the Wall in Vernon Road last week had the conditions of its licence altered.

Following a police investigation into underage drinking at the pub, the council moved to review its licence.

The licence holders of two other bars in Scarborough have also been warned by police in recent months, as part of a crackdown ahead of what is expected to be another busy summer season.

The hearing into the Blue Lounge licence, which will be held before members of Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee, will hear a series of allegations against the bar’s management.

One allegation is that a man who was convicted for a violent assault on a soldier in Blue Lounge has since been welcomed back to the venue.

Robin Rawson, an environmental health officer at Scarborough Council, also conducted an inspection at the bar, following a complaint.

He stated that the bar’s management was failing to comply with health, safety and welfare legislation.

It is said that even after Mr Rawson wrote inspection reports highlighting non-compliance, the issues continued.

The sub-committee will have a number of options available.

They will be able to leave the licence as it is, revoke it, modify its conditions, exclude a licensable activity, suspend the licence or remove the designated premises supervisor.

It is believed that the police will ask for a number of conditions to be added to the Blue Lounge licence, including the banning of glass containers and more control over doormen.