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Premises licence of Bretherton Arms in Chorley revoked

Posted on - 24th May, 2021 - 3:51pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, South Ribble News
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Chorley Council has taken the decision to revoke the premises licence of the Bretherton Arms, Eaves Lane.

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This follows an incident on 17 April 2021 when a patron suffered life-threatening injuries.

The Council’s Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee also determined there had been serious breaches of Coronavirus regulations at the premises.

The decision was made at a hearing on 13 May following an application from Lancashire Police for a Summary Review of the licence held by Star Pubs and Bars Limited.

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A previous Summary Review in October 2020, prompted by another violent incident in which a patron suffered life-changing injuries, had found serious failings associated with the management of the premises.

This initial review led to the imposition of reduced hours in which alcohol could be served, as well as conditions relating to door staff.

However, the failure to comply with those conditions and with the regulations aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 has now forced the Council to revoke the premises licence.

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Councillor Matthew Lynch, Chair of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee, said: “Members were left with no choice but to take firm action.

“CCTV footage from 17 April demonstrated that patrons were out of control and that there was no supervision by staff or management.

“There was no adherence to COVID-19 guidelines or social distancing, and it is the opinion of police that poor management contributed to a serious offence of violence.

“This is the second serious incident leading to a Summary Review of the premises licence in the space of 12 months. This is quite remarkable, as such applications by the police are not frequent.

“At the earlier review, the Sub-Committee was given assurances that there would be greater oversight of the premises along with the appointment of a new Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) who was experienced in complying with licensing rules and regulations.

“Nevertheless, it is clear there has been no significant improvement to the management of the premises despite this appointment.

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“This most recent incident occurred on the very first Saturday on which pubs could reopen for outside consumption. On that day, the Council’s Licensing Team Leader visited 13 different premises in a joint operation with police to assess adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.

“Various infractions of the guidelines were highlighted to the new DPS of the Bretherton Arms – including standing customers, mixing groups and a lack of track and trace enforcement – and it was clear that the premises was under-prepared for reopening.

“The DPS also failed to remove one patron who was highlighted as being too intoxicated to remain on the premises. Had the appropriate action been taken, it is believed it would have prevented an escalation of misbehaviour by other patrons.

“It was clear to the Sub-Committee that there are chronic issues at the premises, with a common thread being a lack of effective control. Members no longer had confidence that other measures short of revocation were appropriate to promote the licensing objectives.

“While the Council is absolutely dedicated to supporting our local hospitality venues as they attempt to get back on their feet, residents can be assured that, where necessary, we will take decisive action in the interests of the prevention of crime and disorder, and public safety.”

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The revocation of the licence is due to take effect at the end of a 21-day appeal period. Until that time, the premises licence will continue to be suspended.

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