Pub shut down after dodgy dealings 11.01.11
A Sutton pub shut down for three months after a string of underage sales, criminal activity and noise complaints from neighbours has lost its appeal against the decision.
Sutton Council's Licensing Sub Committee suspended the licence of The Angel in Angel Hill in February last year following reports of violence, criminal damage and suspected drug sales.
The pub contested the decision, with the appeal due for a two day hearing at Sutton Magistrates' Court last Wednesday (January 5).
But the appeal was dismissed after the pub's licence holder failed to appear in court – and full costs totalling £2,795 were awarded to the council.
The pub's licence was suspended after an application to review the licence by police and environmental health officers was submitted following a catalogue of offences.
Police reported criminal activity in the car park of the premises including fighting, drug dealing, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour and said the pub had failed to provide CCTV footage to help the investigations of alleged crimes.
Committee members heard how a noise abatement order was served on the pub in July 2009 after loud music and karaoke sparked complaints from residents. Less than two weeks later the licensee was fined for breaching the order.
The committee also heard there were repeated breaches of the pub's licence conditions, including failing to operate a 'challenge 18' ID system, permitting children on the premises after 7pm and failing to monitor and control the conduct of patrons leaving the premises.
As well as suspending the licence for three months, the committee imposed new conditions on the pub, reducing the opening hours and ordering windows and doors to be closed when music is being played.
Cllr Sue Stears, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: "The total disregard that this pub showed to both the licensing laws and nearby residents fully merit this severe punishment.
"We will simply not accept underage alcohol sales in Sutton. Nor will we tolerate violence and disorder in our licensed premises.
"The catalogue of noise nuisance caused by karaoke and loud music was also unacceptable and I'm pleased that so many residents came to give evidence to the committee.
"I hope this serves as a warning that the police and council will use all the powers at our disposal to make sure licensed premises are a responsible part of the community."
Since the hearing the premises were also served with a prohibition notice by the fire service preventing the staff and lodgers from living at the premises due to the serious fire safety failures. They were also served with a lengthy enforcement notice by the fire service requiring the fire safety issues to be rectified.