Police call for pub’s licence to be reviewed after trouble

The Sumpter Horse pub in Penwortham
The Sumpter Horse pub in Penwortham
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A pub landlord is to appear before a licencing panel after police concerns about crime and disorder and management.

Lancashire Constabulary asked South Ribble Council to review operations at The Sumpter Horse in Leyland Road, Penwortham, claiming other attempts to solve problems had failed.

A report to the council states there has been an increase in the number and seriousness of criminal incidents at the pub over the past two years, as well as reports of underage drinking and operating outside permitted hours.

It is believed that the management deny many of the crime allegations.

Police said the Premises Licence Holder (PLH) and Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), Peter McDonnell, has also been obstructive to police officers conducting enquiries, and that customers and staff have not been willing to provide statements through fear of reprisals from those involved, and incidents taking place in the premises are not being properly recorded or dealt with.

A lack of working CCTV has also been heavily criticised for hampering investigations.

The police want to see Mr McDonnell replaced as DPS, as well as conditions put on the licence regarding the operation of a CCTV system, an underage policy, and the maintaining of an incident book imposed.

The panel has received representations from people who support Mr McDonnell, who state that the premises and management are well regarded, and that the proposals by the police are too much and may force the premises out of business.

Mr McDonnell declined to comment when contacted by the Evening Post yesterday.

The licensing meeting will take place at 6pm on April 24.

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