Guildhall Walk bar could lose licence

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Officials were today set to decide whether a bar's licence should be revoked following concerns about alcohol-fuelled trouble.

Police from Portsmouth's alcohol-related violent crime and licensing team have called on Portsmouth City Council to ban Roast Bar in the city's Guildhall Walk from selling alcohol.

It is currently allowed to stay open until 4am and sell alcohol from 11am to 3am seven days a week. But police say steps taken by the bar to work with police and ensure revellers are safe, prevent public nuisance, crime and disorder are inadequate. Roast Bar denies the claims.

It is the second time in three years police have asked for a review of the bar's licence.

Licensing sub-committee members were set to decide the bar's fate at Portsmouth Guildhall today.