Pub closed after police stop brawl

The Phoenix pub has had its licence suspended
The Phoenix pub has had its licence suspended

A fight which needed 18 police officers to break up has led to the suspension of the licence of a Corby pub.

Corby Council’s licensing panel imposed the penalty at The Phoenix after police called for it to be reviewed following “serious disorder” on two weekends this month.

Sgt Ian Fletcher, licensing and Nightsafe sergeant, told the hearing on Wednesday the incidents of disorder at the pub, in Beanfield Avenue, led to seven people being arrested.

He said: “We have had concerns regarding the management of the Phoenix dating back to January and, despite warnings to the premises supervisor and operator, we have unfortunately seen no improvement.

“Two incidents of serious disorder also occurred at the premises on the evenings of March 4 and March 25, leaving me no option but to pursue an expedited review of the premises licence.

“The recent incident resulted in a total of 18 police officers being deployed to fighting which had spilled out into neighbouring streets. This is totally unacceptable and could have been prevented.”

A full hearing within a month will determine the future of the pub.

A spokesman for the pub and a spokesman for Punch Taverns, which holds the premises licence, declined to comment.

Nelson Pengelly, chairman of Beanfield Neighbourhood Association, said he was “surprised” to hear of the disorder.

He said: “Things have been ticking over very well here recently and the landlord has done their best to keep it going. I think these are a couple of isolated incidents.”