Portsmouth pub has licence taken away until new CCTV is installed

The Shearer Arms
The Shearer Arms
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A PUB’S alcohol licence has been suspended until it gets a proper CCTV system in place.

Action has been taken against The Shearer Arms, in Fratton, Portsmouth, following complaints about noise and the venue being open after hours.

The decision was taken by Portsmouth City Council’s licensing sub-committee today.

While police recommended the licence be completely taken away, the committee realised the pub is well loved by a large part of the community.

When word got out the pub’s future was in doubt, residents launched a campaign to save it and got together a petition signed by nearly 400 people against its closure.

Shane Heard, 55, of Power Road, Buckland, spoke of his relief.

‘I’m relieved, it’s a lovely little pub,’ he said.

‘It’s always clean and tidy, and I’ve never seen anyone do drugs in there or anything like that.

‘It’s a welcome place and people take their children in there too.’

Pub co-owner Mark Flood said he intended to get onto purchasing the necessary CCTV equipment today.

The council has stipulated the police must be happy with what has been bought and it needs to cover all outside areas before the licence is given back.

The pub can remain open for soft drinks in the meantime.