Councillor's pub keeps its licence

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

 

A PUB run by an Isle of Wight councillor will remain open, despite calls by police to suspend its licence following a spate of disorder.

Isle of Wight Council licensing chiefs yesterday (Tuesday) stopped short of suspending the licence of the Stag Inn, Lake, run by Cllr Jerry White.

Conditions to stop customers gathering outside the pub and to clamp down on anti-social behaviour, were imposed however.

The council's regulatory committee ruled door supervisors should be present when entertainment is provided, CCTV should be maintained and footage retained for 14 days, staff should complete personal licence training and customers not be allowed to drink on a terraced area at the front of the pub after 8pm.

The committee heard details of a number of violent and disorderly incidents at the pub, including one occasion where a barman was punched by a drunk customer and another when a man left the pub and smashed the window of a nearby fish and chip shop.

But Cllr White's barrister, Jerome Wilcox, argued the majority of the incidents were either unsubstantiated or had taken place outside the pub, and said the Stag Inn could not be blamed.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, February 15.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Kayleigh Jones

15th February 2013, at 18:16:06

Well that's a surprise that people think this is a fix. It has nothing to do with Gerry being a councillor. The pub is very lucky to not be closed down and this all down to having a great barrister fighting gerrys case. How can a pub be closed down on hearsay and no hard evidence??! The stag is actually a nice pub and the locals are very friendly and welcoming. It's just very now and then you get a few that arent local that go in an cause trouble. Doesn't this happen in EVERY pub??

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by jenny cannell

13th February 2013, at 23:51:36

Now, there's a surprise.....there was no way the license was ever going to be revoked!

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by david walker

13th February 2013, at 20:40:07

its common knowledge that white turns a blind eye to much that happens in the stag. Ask any local!

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by Mike Crowe

13th February 2013, at 18:43:42

Kevin looking at it another way, if I go and buy a hgih powered car

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by Mike Crowe

13th February 2013, at 18:42:15

Kevin looking a it another way, if go and buy a hgih powered car from a showroom and drive like an idiot and kill someone, it's the salesman's fault for selling it to me is it?

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by kevin froment

13th February 2013, at 18:31:16

to say `its not my fault when people leave a pub and commit crime` is foolish. the pub has sold the customer alcohol, admittedly at exorbitant prices, but they have sold it, that makes that pub responsible. the same as a shop selling bad food causing someone to be ill is responsible

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by barry quinn

13th February 2013, at 16:02:23

you new thay would keep the licence he is a council so thay can fidel any think with all the council muck up get rid of them all i say

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by steve cummings

13th February 2013, at 12:06:16

"But Cllr White's barrister, Jerome Wilcox, argued the majority of the incidents were either unsubstantiated or had taken place outside the pub, and said the Stag Inn could not be blamed. " What a mealy-mouthed excuse. So its OK to let people get screaming drunk and then release them onto the streets is it? I will draw my own conclusions as to what running a disorderly Pub says about a Councillor.

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