Court orders Yarmouth pub closure

Magistrates have today issued an order closing down a Yarmouth pub after police were called to deal with a disturbance on Good Friday.Officers arrived at the Albion pub, in Nelson Road Central, at about 10.

Magistrates have today issued an order closing down a Yarmouth pub after police were called to deal with a disturbance on Good Friday.

Officers arrived at the Albion pub, in Nelson Road Central, at about 10.45pm and found a number of the building's windows had been broken.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of committing criminal damage and a woman, aged in her late 20s, was held on suspicion of using racially aggravating language.

As a consequence, police immediately imposed a closure order on the pub under section 161 of the Licensing Act.

The case then came before Norwich Magistrates' Court this morning, where it was decided the pub must remain closed pending a local authority licensing review, which can take up to 28 days.

Insp Nick Cheshire, of Yarmouth police, said such incidents were taken “extremely seriously”.

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“Consequently, we took the step of instigating the closure order to ensure that there isn't a repeat of this incident. Our priority remains the safety and well-being of local residents in the area…”

The five people arrested were due to be questioned today.

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