Police call for pub’s opening hours to be slashed

Barrister's pub in Towngate, Leyland
Barrister's pub in Towngate, Leyland

Police have called for a town centre pub to have its opening hours slashed after a spate of problems.

Bosses at Barristers pub in Towngate, Leyland, face a hearing before council licensing chiefs next week.

Police say despite trying to resolve the problems with the owners there has been “no positive outcome” since the start of the year.

A dossier complied by police about the problems outlines that there has been an increase in incidents associated with the premises over the past few months.

Many of the crimes reported were assaults which happened at the weekend or after midnight.

Three members of the public have sent representations to the council in favour of the proposed changes.

They state that there has been crime and disorder such as damage to vehicles, buildings and littering by people who they believe are customers of the pub.

They also claim there is public nuisance such as noise, foul language and urinating in the street by customers in the early hours of the morning.

A report due before South Ribble Council’s licensing committee states: “Police observe that there seems to be a common theme of persons involved in the incidents either as offenders or victims being drunk or affected by drink.

“It is their opinion that the premises are no longer effectively being managed.

“The police are also of the view that there are no constraints in place for the serving of alcohol to persons already drunk or the entry onto the premises of persons who are intoxicated.

“It is understood that there has been a reduction in the level of door staff at the premises, which the police believe is an inadequate security provision for the size and nature of the premises.

“This in turn is leading to the incidents of crime and disorder and public nuisance.”

Police say there is evidence of an increase of reported crimes since the beginning of April, when there was a change of the premises licence holder.

Of the 19 reported incidents, 13 relate to assaults.

Officers believe that new management is needed at the pub, and have also asked the licensing panel to reduce the hours of operation until midnight seven days a week.

It is currently open until midnight from Monday to Wednesday; 1am on Thursdays and Sundays; and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Licensing Authority and Environmental Health have supported the application.