Councillors to review licence at troubled Guildhall Walk bar

The Fuzzy Duck in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth
The Fuzzy Duck in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth

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OWNERS of a late-night bar told to shut amid fears over violent crime are set to learn the venue’s fate at a hearing.

Councillors will tomorrow review the licence for the Fuzzy Duck, in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk.

Only last month police called for an emergency hearing which led to councillors ordering the bar to shut for two days.

It came after 28 crimes linked to the Fuzzy Duck were reported between April and October 1. Of these, 10 were assaults – including an alleged sexual assault and two separate reports of grievous bodily harm.

But the owners of the venue have disputed some of the reports.

Strip club Heaven Sent in Guildhall Walk also had to shut as a result as it is run by the same owners and shares a licence with the Fuzzy Duck.

But police did not raise specific concerns about that venue.

By the time the Fuzzy Duck reopened on October 21 the venue has already put steps in place including removing the its designated premises supervisor, employing a first aider and dedicated ‘floor walker’ and ensuring drinks are served in plastic glasses.

A new system to scan the ID of everyone who enters the venue has also been installed.

The full review is to be held by Portsmouth City Council’s licensing sub-committee at the city’s Guildhall tomorrow.