Troubled Portsmouth pub’s licence revoked over crime fear

SHUT The Tangier pub
SHUT The Tangier pub
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A TROUBLED pub’s licence has been revoked amid concerns over alcohol-fuelled violence and noise nuisance.

Licensing councillors ordered The Tangier pub in Tangier Road, Copnor to shut following a review hearing.

It comes after police raised concerns about trouble at the bar.

The pub’s licence was suspended earlier this month after a woman was allegedly glassed and repeatedly punched outside the pub.

A man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent but later released with no further action.

The venue, owned by Enterprise Inns, was ordered to comply with nine conditions including installing CCTV, removing the designated premises supervisor and creating written policies on how it would prevent and tackle problems and the eject and refuse entry of some customers.

But councillors yesterday revoked the pub’s licence after hearing claims of more noise nuisance and private parties.

Councillor Les Stevens, licensing committee chairman, said: ‘There is obviously at the moment no control over the premises by anybody. If there is no control how can we possibly allow the premises licence to continue?

‘This is not what residents or the nearby neighbours expect of a licensed premises. It’s unacceptable.’

An Enterprise Inns spokeswoman said: ‘We have been working with the relevant authorities to try and agree a satisfactory solution to issues which had arisen at this pub which could have allowed it to continue to trade in the future, under a new tenant. We will now consider the options open to us which may of necessity include the permanent closure of the premises, the loss of the local amenity and subsequent disposal from our estate.’