Late licence bid scuppered
THE owners of a Lower Clapton pub have performed a last-minute U-turn in their bid for a late licence following stinging criticism from police...
THE owners of a Lower Clapton pub have performed a last-minute U-turn in their bid for a late licence following stinging criticism from police.
The application for a 4am licence for the Ship Aground in Lea Bridge Road was withdrawn days before a decision was due.
Punch Taverns, which owns the pub, performed the about-turn following massive opposition from residents.
Hackney police also submitted a damning dossier of evidence to Hackney Council's licensing committee.
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Officers said there was evidence of serious crime and disorder in and around the pub, including drug-taking and late-night opening.
"The Ship Aground creates more complaints to police from members of the public than other licensed premises on the ward put together," wrote Sgt Joel Sadler.
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"The effect on crime and disorder and misery to residents will only increase with an increase in hours."
A spokeswoman for Punch Taverns confirmed the company had withdrawn its application for extended hours.
"We will continue to work closely with police and will only re-submit an application when we have their full backing," she said.
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