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Gorleston pub's licence revoked

PUBLISHED: 16:17 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 03 July 2010

A Gorleston pub has had its licence revoked following a successful application by Police.

The New Commodore public house was found to be in breach of its licence after officers executed a warrant at the premises in October.

A Gorleston pub has had its licence revoked following a successful application by Police.

The New Commodore public house was found to be in breach of its licence after officers executed a warrant at the premises in October.

In its representation to Great Yarmouth Borough Council's licensing sub-committee, the Police called for the licence to be revoked as the objective of preventing crime and disorder was being undermined.

The review application follows a warrant executed by Police at the High Street pub on October 2.

The multi-agency operation resulted in the pub being closed immediately by the borough council's Environmental Health team.

Licensing enforcement officers discovered three breaches of the licence conditions, one being the failure to maintain a log book to record incidents of crime and disorder.

After hearing evidence from Norfolk Police and Environmental Health, the Licensing Sub-Committee today revoked the licence.

Emma Campbell, Senior Solicitor at Norfolk Police, said: “The committee said they felt it was important to send a clear message out that when crime and disorder occurs in licensed premises firm and decisive action should be taken.”

Insp Richard Graveling, who leads the Gorleston Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said: “Officers from the Gorleston policing team had spent a disproportionately large amount of resources dealing with problems from the premise.

“We took strong action against the pub based on complaints from members of the community and we are very pleased that the borough council's licensing sub-committee has listened to these issues and have decided to revoke the licence.

“We have good links with local licensees and will continue to work with them. I can assure residents that problems faced with the New Commodore are not typical of the behaviour of local premises.”

Donna Baldwin, Senior Environmental Health Officer, welcomed the committee's decision to revoke the licence.

She said: “I hope that it sends a clear message to licensed premises that they must operate their businesses within the law to protect public safety or appropriate enforcement action will be taken by the Environmental Health department.

“We would also promote multi-agency operations to deal with problem premises in the future.”

A 31-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were arrested in connection with drug offences as a result of the warrant.

Investigations continue and the man and woman remain on police bail.

To contact you local Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0845 456 4567 or visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

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