Guildhall Walk late-night bar keeps its licence

IMPROVEMENTS Security at the Fuzzy Duck has been boosted
IMPROVEMENTS Security at the Fuzzy Duck has been boosted

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A LATE-NIGHT bar is to keep its licence after taking a raft of steps to improve public safety.

As reported in The News, the Fuzzy Duck was shut for two days last month after police raised concerns over alcohol-related crime linked to the venue.

Yesterday, licensing councillors agreed the venue, in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk, can keep its licence, subject to eight conditions.

Many of them had already been put in place in response to concerns raised.

Drinks are served in plastic glasses, a system to scan ID and store people’s details, has been installed, a ‘floor walker’ has been employed to look out for trouble and a first aider is on hand. Door staff will be given body-worn cameras, staff are receiving extra training and the bar has joined the city’s Pubwatch scheme.

A record of the door staff policy must also be kept up to date.

Police conceded that two assaults previously linked to the bar did not take place there, and in fact staff from the Fuzzy Duck had intervened.

An allegation of a sexual assault at the bar has been dropped. But police are still linking 25 crimes reported between April and October 1 with the Fuzzy Duck.

Roger Pyne, who acted on behalf of the bar, said: ‘We managed to reach a satisfactory agreement by the implementation of conditions which effectively were already being observed.’

PC Keith Hall said: ‘We hope this brings improvements to the area.’