Portchester pub gets court date to fight against its order to close

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A DATE has been set for the owner of a troubled pub to appeal against an order to close it down.

The Portsdown Inn, in Leith Avenue, Portchester, was told to shut after having its licence revoked by Fareham Borough Council’s licensing panel in April.

Police warned then that someone would be killed there if it was allowed to stay open, and said it had been allowed to develop a culture of late-night lock-ins and violence.

Hampshire Constabulary had called for the licence review following a fight at the pub on January 28 which left one man seriously injured.

The pub’s owners Admiral Taverns have been working with landlady Julie Manns on the appeal.

During a brief hearing at Fareham Magistrates’ Court, deadlines were set for both sides to exchange the statements and evidence that they intend to use and a date was set for the case be heard at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on September 14.

The pub can remain open in the meantime.