Yarmouth landlady's licensing victory

A JUBILANT landlady will be reopening her Great Yarmouth pub tonight following a licensing decision to allow her to start trading again.Alison Smith, who runs the Albion in Nelson Road Central, was told she could re-open, but would have to comply with extra conditions on her licence at a meeting of the borough council's licensing sub-committee.

A JUBILANT landlady will be reopening her Great Yarmouth pub tonight following a licensing decision to allow her to start trading again.

Alison Smith, who runs the Albion in Nelson Road Central, was told she could re-open, but would have to comply with extra conditions on her licence at a meeting of the borough council's licensing sub-committee.

Police ordered the closure of her pub on Good Friday following disturbances during which windows were smashed. Magistrates in Norwich ordered the pub to remain shut pending today's licensing review

Following the hearing at Yarmouth Town Hall, Mrs Smith thanked Albion regulars who had set up a group on social networking site Facebook calling for the pub to be reopened, which has attracted nearly 500 members.


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She said: “I am just really pleased with the result that we have got. I want to thank all the people for their support on the Facebook website and it is nice to see that a pub like the Albion which only holds about 120 people can attract the support of 500 people.”

The conditions imposed included that the pub had two registered doormen on duty on Saturday and Bank Holiday evenings, and one doorman on duty on Friday evenings during the summer. Extra CCTV coverage was also required around the pub along with a written policy for banning rowdy or disorderly customers.

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Following the meeting, Insp Nick Cheshire, of South Yarmouth Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the hearing. I think it sends a message to people and the night time economy that there is a clear line in the sand that we expect high standards and we expect licensees to adhere to those standards.”

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