Pub future is secured after licence review

Marilyn and Peter McDonnell at The Sumpter Horse pub in Penwortham
Marilyn and Peter McDonnell at The Sumpter Horse pub in Penwortham
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Pub landlords say they can “finally move on” after a licencing case brought against them was resolved.

Peter McDonnell and his wife Marilyn said they felt “picked on” after Lancashire Constabulary asked South Ribble Council to review operations at The Sumpter Horse in Leyland Road, Penwortham, stating there were management problems and there had been an increase in criminal incidents.

Reviewing evidence, licencing panel members decided:

- The CCTV system at the pub had not been sufficient

- There were problems with criminal activity and potential for underage sales

- Mr McDonnell had failed to co-operate with the police

- Mr McDonnell did not appear to have proper procedures in place regarding the sale and supply of alcohol, underage sales, evidence of refusals or staff training.

Members said the issues were not serious enough to merit revoking the licence, and Mr and Mrs McDonell have agreed with suggestions made by police to upgrade the CCTV system, bring in an underage policy, and maintain an incident book, but still say there was not a case to answer.

Mrs McDonnell said: “We have done nothing wrong and have complied with everything.

“We feel picked on really, and it’s cost us a lot of money to defend ourselves.

“We’ve still got out our licence and we just want to move on now and continue to be a good community pub that raises a lot of money for local charities.”

Coun John Rainsbury, chair of the licensing committee, said: “It was quite a straightforward case and a good result for all.”