The Bull may lose licence over drugs
September 28, 2006
A BRACKNELL pub accused of being a haven for drug users could lose its licence.
Thames Valley Police has called for a review of The Bull’s licence after officers were repeatedly called to the High Street pub.
A statement on the window of the pub reads: “Thames Valley Police have serious concerns over the number of incidents where the police have been called to the premises.
“The detection of evidence of widespread use of class A drugs on the premises.
“Thames Valley Police believe that the licensing objective relating to crime and disorder cannot fully be promoted by these premises unless matters are addressed, forwarded and made accountable.”
A mandatory condition set by Bracknell Forest Borough Council for all pubs states “all staff shall be trained in illegal substance abuse awareness and how to deal with situations regarding illegal substance abuse”.
The pub is a member of the Bracknell Pub Watch scheme which encourages landlords to work together and report those causing trouble or acting illegally at premises in the town.
People are invited to make representations on the application to the council which must be submitted no later than Thursday, October 12.
Anyone making a false statement in connection with the application has been warned they could face a fine of up to £5,000.
Rob Sexton, head of trading standards and services, said: “The council takes licence contraventions extremely seriously.
“In such cases there are a number of options open to the licensing panel – they may add to or modify the existing licence conditions, decide to stop premises from carrying out a licensed activity, remove the premises supervisor from their position, suspend the licence for a period of up to three months, or even revoke the licence.
“The council works in partnership with other community groups and the police on a number of campaigns including Pub Watch in order to deal with issues relating to licence contraventions.”
The pub owner declined to comment on the application.
The Bull’s licence will be reviewed on Wednesday, November 1.