Town pub given six weeks by police to stamp out crime and disorder or face closure

Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY A WISBECH pub has been given six weeks to stamp out late-night crime and disorder – or face closure by police. Police have threatened to issue a closure order for the King s Head pub in Old Market for significant and persistent di

Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY

A WISBECH pub has been given six weeks to stamp out late-night crime and disorder - or face closure by police.

Police have threatened to issue a closure order for the King's Head pub in Old Market for "significant and persistent disorder or serious persistent nuisance", after complaints by residents.

Wisbech Inspector Andy Sullivan said: "A closure order would be the last resort as we are hoping that people can continue to enjoy a safe night out without fear of intimidation or harassment."


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Management at the King's Head have agreed to close at 1.30am on Friday and Saturday nights instead of 3am, and open at 10am Saturday instead of 6.30am.

Insp Sullivan also called for the public to support his protests over some late-night licence applications in a bid to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

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He was speaking after a premises licence for the Ciao Club in Royal Place was rejected because faults were found on the application.

Insp Sullivan is now busy preparing to oppose Best Kebab's plans to sell alcohol until 2am. The application will be heard on Monday by Fenland District Council Licensing Committee.

He said: "I wish to object to it under the objective it will have an impact on crime and disorder," he will tell councillors.

Insp Sullivan told the Wisbech Standard that people should look out for any such application which has to be advertised in the press and outside the premises applying for the licence.

"I have objected to these because of the impact on crime and disorder in your town," he said. "If people have objections they need to let the licensing committee know."

Insp Sullivan has also opposed other recent applications and says where appeals are lodged, police will continue their opposition.

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