Closed pub set to learn its fate

A PUB which had its licence suspended after a mass brawl will discover its fate today.

The Phoenix, in Beanfield Avenue, Corby, was closed last month following two incidents of “serious disorder,” one of which on March 25 needed 18 officers to break up.

Police have also raised concerns about the premises selling alcohol after it is legally permitted to do so.

The pub’s designated premises supervisor James Telfer said he has been inundated with public support since the decision to suspend the licence.

A hearing will take place at 2pm at the Corby Cube to decide the pub’s future.

Corby Council’s health protection manager Damian Wilkins said the suspension was activated following “incidents of violent disorder” and “concerns regarding the supply of alcohol beyond the hours permitted”.

The police report refers to several visits made by officers to the premises in January and March, where people were found to be drinking after licensing hours.

It says: “It is evident Mr Telfer has little regard for the terms of the premises licence and is happy to continue serving alcohol after hours. He has blatantly lied to police and continued to ignore the advice and warnings given.”

Mr Telfer said he had been advised not to comment further until after the hearing.

But he said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support. I have had more than 100 emails.”

Beanfield Neighbourhood Association chairman Nelson Pengelly said: “When it was open, to me it was just like any ordinary pub. It did surprise me when the row went up about how bad it was.

“The association had good reports back and we had sent them a letter to congratulate them on how well they were doing. I would like to see it continue.”