Premises punished following reviews

Almost 20 premises received punishments following licence reviews in the past three years in the north of the county.

Figures obtained by the Telegraph show 17 premises in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden had sanctions imposed on their licences between 2009 and 2011. Of these 17 premises, 15 were either bars or clubs.

Wellingborough had the most reviews with six.

Sgt Mark Worthington, from Northamptonshire Police’s community safety team, said: “Wherever possible we endeavour to work in partnership with licensed premises and give advice and guidance.

“A review is a last resort.”

Four premises had their licences amended in Corby, as did four pubs and clubs in Kettering.

Four bars and clubs were punished in East Northamptonshire.

Five bars in Wellingborough had their licence reviewed, including the Royal Oak, on the grounds of serious crime and disorder at the request of the police.

The Royal Oak’s supervisor was removed following the review, and the premises had conditions imposed on its licence.

A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said licence reviews in the town are not significantly higher than anywhere else.