Bid to take away Ilkeston pub The Charter's licence as police 'lose patience' over trouble
POLICE are applying to have the licence of an Ilkeston pub taken away, saying they have "lost all confidence" in the people running it.
Officers have asked Erewash Borough Council for a licence review of the Charter, in South Street, amid worries about violent attacks.
The application comes after officers were called to the pub one night to find two men standing outside with blood on their faces.
Superintendent Garry Parkin says police have reviewed incidents linked to the pub since it opened as the Charter in 2007.
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"Police have now lost all confidence in the premises licence holders and with the management running the premises on a day-to-day basis," he says in a report.
"The police are extremely concerned as to the level of recorded criminal incidents that have and continue to take place in and around these premises."
He says that police are particularly concerned about incidents resulting in serious injuries to people visiting the pub.
In the early hours of Friday, October 26, officers arrived to find two men standing outside with blood on their faces from cuts to their heads.
One claimed he had been hit over the head several times with a bottle in the pub toilet.
Both men went to hospital and one needed several stitches to a head wound.
The report says: "The police have made the decision to request to revoke the licence completely as no additional conditions, further action plans, or the removal of the designated premises supervisor could be imposed to give the police any confidence that the licensing objectives would be promoted."
The report also says the police and other authorities have given the licence holders and management "sufficient advice and support" over the past 18 months for the problems to be sorted but feel "positive action" need to be taken.
"The responsible authorities have a duty of care to people living, working and enjoying themselves in Ilkeston town centre to protect them where possible from being subjected to alcohol-fuelled violence and the fear of violence emanating from our night-time economy.
"The patience of the police has now reached its limits."
People have until Tuesday, December 4, to comment before a date is set for the council's licensing committee to meet to consider the application.
Staff at the Charter declined to comment.