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Popular South Street bar has its premises licence revoked following review

PUBLISHED: 16:18 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:18 03 May 2016

South Street, Romford

South Street, Romford

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The premises licence of a popular bar has been revoked following a "catalogue of errors and breaches" allegedly made in response to incidents.

Havering Council’s licensing sub-committee met last Thursday to discuss the application for a review, put forward by licensing officer Pc Belinda Goodwin into Bradwell’s Bar, South Street, Romford.

She said: “There have been two allegations of ABH and two allegations of GBH that have occurred on the premises and the way that the venue has dealt with the incidents has been very poor to say the least.

Police have said that they have interacted with the owners 80 times about upholding the licensing objectives since the bar was taken over by new management last year.

Incidents of a glass being smashed into a man’s face, a mother allowing her 16-year-old disabled daughter to drink alcohol and staff failing to check on a “vulnerable” woman who was seen on CCTV going into a toilet with a man, have been described in the report.

It said: “Police fear that it may only be a matter of time before a serious incident is going to happen within this venue, simply due to the customers that they are allowing to go in as they are attracting the more hardened drinkers within the area and those more likely to cause a nuisance, offering them a safe haven when other venues will not allow them in.

“Robust measures will not be enough as they are not working to the conditions that they have on their existing licence.

“Police have no confidence and feel that revocation of the licence is wholly proportionate, reasonable and appropriate.”

The bar’s premises licence means films can be shown, live music is permitted and alcohol can be served up to 2am.

The committee, which has the power to modify the conditions of the licence, as well as suspend and revoke, came to the decision that the licence will be revoked, following the review.

The Recorder has contacted Bradwell’s for a comment.

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