A PROBLEM pub in Solihull has been forced to remove its licensee and promise a raft of improvements after police stepped in on behalf of residents who’d suffered anti-social behaviour which reached tipping point after a mass brawl.
Neighbours living near the Centurion pub in Forth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, had complained of noise disturbance and rowdiness from customers and function guests.
The situation reached a head on May 7 when up to 30 officers, plus police dogs and the West Midlands Police helicopter, were called to a large scale fight at the venue when a party of 150 guests got out of hand.
Two 17-year-olds were arrested for assault, one against a PC, and later charged whilst officers came under attack from louts hurling stones and bottles.
Both teenagers were heavily drunk after consuming alcohol on the premises and a subsequent check by Solihull Police licensing officers revealed a number of licence condition breaches at the pub.
But now, following a review before the Solihull Licensing Committee on July 14, the licensee has been removed, weekend drinking hours trimmed, and a host of conditions imposed designed to tackle the issues.
Solihull Police Licensing Inspector Dave Rischmiller, said: “The panel expressed concern about the serious violent incidents at the premises and underage drinking.
“The opening hours have been cut-back till 12.30am on Friday and Saturday nights and strict conditions imposed which are designed to improve the quality of life for people living near the pub.
“A new licensee has been installed and hopefully the situation will improve. We will continue to monitor the conduct of this pub…if problems persist we will take action which could ultimately see its license taken away.”
Conditions imposed by the Licensing Committee include:
• An incident recording system to log details of all incidents dating back at least 12 months;
• The premises must operate an overt ‘Challenge 25' policy with only a photo driving licence or passport accepted as proof of age. Any refusals must be logged in a register.
• CCTV with a minimum data retention period of 31 days to be installed.
• Staff to receive regular training, including on how to deal with drunken customers and declining service of further alcohol;
• A nominated staff member will monitor people leaving and dispersing at closing time.
• Function room windows must be closed during parties after 9pm and capacity capped at 50 guests. When attendance is expected to be above 50 a police risk assessment will be required.