The Police and City Council in Brighton have sent out a strong message to pubs and clubs that alcohol related crime will not be tolerated. The closure of the Toby Inn puts down a marker for pubs and clubs that continue to cause a nuisance. If they don’t clean up their act they may lose their licences.
On Thursday 27th July 2006, Brighton & Hove City Council's licensing committee revoked the premises license for the Toby Inn in Woodingdean, having heard representations made by Sussex Police licensing officers. The hearing followed the closure of the premises on 7th July under section 161 of the Licensing Act 2003.
The panel considered the revocation to be necessary to meet the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the prevention of public nuisance.
The panel heard evidence of serious public disorder on the premises and evidence of poor management and poor company practice. Because of this, the panel felt that a three-month suspension of the license, even with a change of management, would not be sufficient to address the problems.
The Business Forum is keen to work with licensees to protect their businesses from closure and the threat of alcohol disorder zones. New Business Improvement District legislation could enable businesses in troublesome areas such as West Street to come together and establish mechanisms to control alcohol related crime and disorder. For further information on this please contact Soozie Campbell at email@example.com.
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