Pub licence renewed despite drugs found on the premises

Pic: Ewan Munro

A Hackney pub where suspected  drugs were found during a police investigation last month has had its license renewed.

The Metropolitan Police asked Hackney council to review the The Kingsland pub’s license on the grounds of prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the prevention of public nuisance on September 25 following a drug raid.

The pub’s license was initially suspended as a provisional measure until a full meeting on September 25. But the licensing sub-committee agreed to withdraw the suspension after further discussion between the police and the licensees.

License renewal was approved at a review meeting on October 18 as long as the pub agreed to CCTV cameras on all entries and exits and to keep an incident log. The pub also has to demonstrate that it has a zero drugs tolerance policy.

The son of the licensee is banned from entering the licensed areas of the pub.

A Hackney council told EastLondonLines: “The council and the police take incidents and complaints concerning pubs and clubs very seriously, which is why the Licensing Sub-Committee suspended the Kingsland pub’s license pending a full review.

“This review has now taken place, after hearing from the police and the licensee the committee were satisfied with the many additional conditions put in place.

“The premises will continue to be monitored and the council and the Police will not hesitate in taking any further action if any of the conditions are not met.” She added.

The Kingsland Pub, of Kingsland Road in Dalston, was one of three subject to temporary closure orders for 28 days as a crackdown after investigations by Hackney police’s licensing unit in late September.

Yucatan Public House, of Stoke Newington High Street and the Brewery Tap pub, of Kingsland Road have remained shut until November 5. A man with possession with intent to supply cannabis was also arrested.

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