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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