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Bar owner feels ‘picked on’ by police who have called for a licence review

Posted on - 22nd May, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston Council, Preston News, Pubs
Tulketh Tap Room Pic: Tony Worrall
Tulketh Tap Room Pic: Tony Worrall

The owner of a Preston micro-pub says he feels “victimised” after police requested another licensing review.

Lancashire Constabulary last week applied for Preston City Council to review the premises licence of Tulketh Tap Room, citing concerns over crime and disorder. If the council’s licensing sub-committee finds against the bar’s management, it could issue sanctions including tougher conditions or even revoke the licence entirely.

The bar’s owner, Ray Woods, told Blog Preston the review was sparked by a violent incident which he says occurred in an alleyway near the Tulketh Brow premises at a time when the venue was closed. This led to a visit from the police who Ray says found a number of ‘minor’ problems, such as mistakenly selling drinks minutes after the licensable hours.

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He said: “I just feel like I’ve been a bit picked on to be honest.”

Ray continued: “I think it’s a great little bar in the summer. It had problems when it opened, it was new, it was just after Covid, but there’s been no problems for a long time.”

He argued that Tulketh Tap Room, which has been subject to a licence review before, opening had led to other venues opening and improving the area but now fears for the future of the bar, adding: “I feel like I’ve been victimised.”

The licensing review is now live with people able to give feedback to Preston City Council until June 13. The public notice states the review relates to ‘crime and disorder’ and the ‘prevention of public nuisance’.

A police spokesperson said: “Last week, Lancashire Constabulary applied for a review of the premises licence of Tulketh Tap Room under Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003. A hearing will be held in the near future where the Licensing Sub-Committee will determine the most appropriate action to take.”

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