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A PUB that had its alcohol licence suspended because of noise issues is on its feet again after getting it back.

The Shearer Arms, in Fratton, Portsmouth, can sell beer again after it set up a proper CCTV system to monitor incidents.

It comes after Portsmouth City Council’s licensing committee took the licence away until such equipment was installed.

Martin Graham, co-owner of the pub, in Shearer Road, said he is relieved everything has been sorted and is moving forward.

‘We are here for the long term, not the short term, and we are looking forward and looking to keep the pub open and going for everyone,’ he said.

As reported, police had reported to the council that residents were having issues with noise and late-night drinking at the pub, and advised the premises be closed.
But the community rallied round to save the pub from closure, so the committee decided to give it another chance and asked that it got its house in order.
Mr Graham said he cannot thank everyone enough for their support.
‘I was taken aback by people’s support,’ he said.
‘The extent that the community helped us was far above my expectations.
‘Having this CCTV will protect ourselves from people phoning the police about noise coming from the pub, which isn’t necessarily the case.
‘It gives us protection when people are loitering about outside the pub waiting for taxis, and they haven’t actually been in the pub.
‘I’m more than happy that it is in place.’