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Council shuts down pub for underage sales and noise 8.02.10

A Sutton pub has been shut down for three months after a string of underage sales, criminal activity and noise complaints from nearby residents.

On Thursday Sutton Council's Licensing Committee suspended the premises licence at The Angel, on Angel Hill, after hearing evidence from residents and the police.

Committee members heard how during test purchasing operations in October and December pub staff sold alcohol to underage police cadets. Police also detailed a string of incidents at the pub including criminal damage, violence and suspected drug sales.

Sutton Council's environmental health team also served a noise abatement order on the pub in July 2009 after loud music and karaoke sparked a number of complaints from nearby residents. Less than two weeks later the licensee was fined for breaching the order.

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.

The hearing was held after an application by the police to review the licence.

Cllr Sue Stears, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said:

"The total disregard that this pub and its staff 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."

Police Licensing Sgt Debbie Blight said:

"Police will continue to be robust around breaches of licensing conditions and alcohol sales to young people. Any licensed premises found breaking the law can expect to have their licence reviewed."

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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