Licence suspended at pub over fears of booze-fuelled violence

The Tangier pub in Tangier Road Portsmouth

The Tangier pub in Tangier Road Portsmouth

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A PUB’S licence has been suspended on one of the busiest weekends of the year amid fears of alcohol-fuelled crime and violence.

City council licensing councilllors yesterday temporarily banned The Tangier pub in Tangier Road, Copnor, from selling alcohol until a full review of its licence is held.

It comes after Chief Superintendent Nigel Hindle called for action following an attack linked to the troubled venue.

A man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent after a 31-year-old woman was allegedly glassed and repeatedly punched in the face outside the pub on May 25. He was later bailed.

Police say their investigation at the pub was hampered by a removal of evidence and denials that the attack had taken place.

Concerns were also raised about noise nuisance and other crime at the premises.

PC Keith Hall said: ‘If a similar incident to that which happened last Friday is permitted to reoccur we may have something more serious than close to a blinding for a young female, it could be something much more serious which could mean the end of that pub forever.’

Now the venue, owned by Enterprise Inns, has been ordered to comply with nine conditions.

These include installing CCTV, removing the current designated premises supervisor Gillian Drinkwater and creating written policies on how the venue will prevent and tackle problems with drugs and the ejection and refusal of entry of customers.

Licensing sub-committee chairman Les Stevens said: ‘We will not accept these public houses that are being run in a disorderly manner.

‘It’s unacceptable – especially where it appears it’s being run by the clientele and not the designated premises supervisor.

‘We will not tolerate it and we are saying this on behalf of the residents of Portsmouth.’

Pub manager Gillian Drinkwater said she was ‘absolutely livid’ about the decision.

‘I’m not going away quietly,’ she said.

‘I will be coming up with a plan of action – I’m not going to be anybody’s scapegoat.

‘What I find most awful is the idea that anyone hid evidence. I have a brilliant team and I know they are all honest.’

An Enterprise Inns spokeswoman said: ‘We are working with the relevant authorities regarding The Tangier pub.’

A review hearing will be held on June 27.

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