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Apologies (Agenda Item 1)
To receive apologies for absence.
Declaration of Interests (Agenda Item 2)
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No declarations were made.
The following persons were in attendance to speak:
Mr Tony Grover – Norfolk Police Licensing Team
Inspector Brown – Norfolk Police Licensing Team
PC Spinks - Norfolk Police Licensing Team
PC Brown – Norfolk Police Licensing Team
Ms Fiona Inston – Breckland Council
Mr Yalcin Demiralay – Premises Licence Holder
Mr Ian Lyons – Designated Premises Supervisor
Miss Josie Woods
The hearing was conducted in accordance with the procedure as set out in the Agenda.
That the Licence be revoked.
Findings of Fact
After considering all the matters in our papers including those provided today and the evidence we have heard and seen we make the following findings of fact:
The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) has shown a lack of concern for upholding the Licensing Objectives. Mr Lyons has been shown not to be in control of the premises, has allowed himself to be intoxicated whilst working and has permitted intoxicated persons to be on the premises. His behaviour has shown a lack of compliance with the Licensing Conditions over a long period, especially regarding CCTB and alcohol at the exit points, showing a long term failure of management. Drug taking, albeit a single incident was proved, was carried out blatantly and in an area subject to CCTV indicating poor management control of the premises.
The Committee finds Mr Lyons intoxication was not on a rare basis explainable by taking medication but is more likely to be a frequent event. The Committee has given weight to the Police evidence on this point.
Changes have been proposed to the management and Committee notes that the CCTV is now remedied. However, Committee are not confident that the necessary changes to the management system will be maintained and are not confident that Mr Lyons or the PLH will maintain the changes to their behaviour. This view is due to the previous history and the evidence before this Hearing. Maintenance of these changes appears unrealistic.
The Premises Licence Holder (PLH) has been negligent in ensuring the Conditions of the Licence were upheld. He was, or should have been aware of the condition of the stairs and the taking of open containers past exit points, noting that his business premises are extremely close to the Licensed premises. He has taken a hands-off approach to the running of these premises and has failed to make himself aware of Police concerns. He said he was not aware of Police warning letters, despite these being addressed to him and delivered to the premises.
The Committee is satisfied that there has been damage to the Licensing Objectives with the DPS intoxicated whilst assisting at the bar, permitting intoxicated persons to be on the premises, open alcohol containers being taken from the exit points and drug taking having taken place. The failure to provide adequate CCTV has damaged Police evidence gathering.
Reasons for Decision
In order to remedy these matters Committee has considered the options available to it. It feels ... view the full minutes text for item 3.