Kettering pub has licence revoked

The Challenge Arms in Kettering
The Challenge Arms in Kettering

A Kettering town centre pub, which has a history of violent incidents and noise complaints, has had its licence revoked.

Kettering Council’s licensing panel have deciding to revoke the licence of the Challenge Arms, in Eskdaill Street, after being told by police that it had has been run with “little concern” for neighbours and has caused nuisance for neighbouring residents for a considerable time,

A catalogue of noise complaints had also been recorded by the council.

Kettering Council’s licensing committee panel, which met on Friday to discuss the premise’s licence, was also told police have been called to a string of violent incidents at the pub.

The panel concluded that this failure would continue if the licence holder was allowed to retain the licence. It was agreed that the only appropriate step, given the seriousness of the problems reported, was to revoke the pub’s licence, meaning it will now need to close down.

PC Kevin Murphy, licensing officer for Northants Police, said: “We are pleased with the decision, which sends a message to the rest of the licensed trade that businesses that are not run properly, with due regard for the licensing objectives, will be challenged.

“The police and council will use all powers available to reduce public nuisance, crime and disorder associated with licensed premises.”

The decision to revoke the licence will come into effect three weeks from the hearing date, during which time the pub can lodge an appeal. If this happens, it can continue to operate until the appeal has been heard at Magistrates’ Court.

At the meeting on Friday the authority’s environmental services manager Chris Stopford told the panel that the pub’s licence should be revoked.

He said: “My recommendation would be revocation of the license, for the amount of nuisance caused to neighbouring residents.”

A resident who lives near to the pub told the panel his wife and nine-month-old child had been forced to stay at his mother-in-law’s house at times because it was impossible for them to get any sleep.

The panel was also told the licence holder at the pub since late 2011, until earlier this year, was Husseyin Ozzengin.

However, the licence was transferred to Katherine Harper, who is in a relationship with Mr Ozzengin.

Miss Harper told the panel that, although she is in a relationship with Mr Ozzengin, he no longer has anything to do with the pub.

However, PC Murphy, said he believed that to be a “blatant lie” and that the man was still actively involved in running the pub.

PC Murphy agreed with Mr Stopford’s view and also said the licence should be revoked.

Mrs Harper had argued that she had made a string of changes in recent weeks, including employing licensed bouncers and banning live entertainment.