A Kettering bar at the heart of a co-ordinated Operation Guardian policing operation last month has been shut down following a full review of its premises licence.
At a review hearing, Kettering Council’s licensing sub-committee has revoked the licence for Bar Qbano in Ebenezer Place.
The review was called following the execution of a search warrant at the publ, which was one of 15 premises raided in Kettering, Corby and Irthlingborough in March.
The warrant resulted in the seizure of a substantial quantity of contraband tobacco, alcohol and some Class A drugs.
Senior investigating officer, Chief Inspector Nick Purdie, said: “We are committed to improving the way of life for local people by disrupting and preventing criminal activity on their doorsteps.
“Northamptonshire Police has made significant progress in tackling drugs and other crimes in Kettering and surrounding areas and we will continue to tackle offenders robustly.”
The licence review hearing heard that the premises had also been reviewed three years ago owing to violent incidents and the sale of alcohol to a drunk.
Bar Qbano’s closure has been welcomed by Chief Inspector Dave Spencer, who is the force lead on alcohol licensing and harm reduction.
He said: “Alcohol has a strong causal link to crime and we are taking a stronger approach to licensing as part of our ongoing strategy to reduce violence, disorder and criminal damage.
“Alcohol-related crime and disorder comes at a great social cost and licensees and retailers need to take a step and ask themselves how responsible they are being around alcohol sales.
“Where licensees and retailers do not act responsibly, as seen in this case, this can be a catalyst for wider criminality in the area.
“Shutting down this bar is a big step in the right direction and I believe it will contribute towards less crime in Kettering and a safer town centre.
“Northamptonshire Police will actively work with responsible licensees and retailers and PubWatch schemes to enable them to run good businesses.”