Police calling for pub licence to be reviewed

The Barristers pub on Towngate in Leyland where Zara Allen was glassed by two girls
The Barristers pub on Towngate in Leyland where Zara Allen was glassed by two girls
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Police have called for a pub’s licence to be reviewed after a spate of problems.

Bosses at Barristers pub in Towngate, Leyland, are expected to face a hearing before council licensing chiefs next week. Officers at Lancashire Police have raised concerns over crime and disorder and public nuisance at the venue.

Police say despite trying to resolve the problems with the owners there has been “no positive outcome” and as a result they want the hours of operation to be reduced.

A dossier complied by police about the problems outlines that there has been an increase in incidents associated with the premises since the beginning of the year, many of the crimes reported were assaults which happened at the weekend of after midnight.

A report due before South Ribble Council’s licensing committee states: “Police observe that there seems to be a common theme of persons involved in the incidents either as offenders or victims being drunk or affected by drink.

“It is their opinion that the premises are no longer effectively being managed. The Police are also of the view that there are no constraints in place for the serving of alcohol to persons already drunk or the entry onto the premises of persons who are intoxicated.

“It is understood that there has been a reduction in the level of door staff at the premises, which the police believe is an inadequate security provision for the size and nature of the premises. This in turn is leading to the incidents of crime and disorder and public nuisance.” Nobody from the pub was available for comment.