THE premises license of the Phoenix public house in Corby has been suspended, forcing the closure of the public house pending a full review.
Corby Council’s licensing panel took the decision to suspend the licence of the pub in Beanfield Avenue on Wednesday. At the full review hearing, the panel will have a raft of options available to them, ranging from lifting the suspension to revoking the premises licence in its entirety.
The suspension follows reports of serious disorder at the premises on two weekend evenings earlier this month.
Sergeant Ian Fletcher, licensing and Nightsafe sergeant, told the hearing that there was a history of mismanagement at the public house going back to January and the incidents of disorder had 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.
“Licensees have a huge responsibility around alcohol sales and consumption and we are looking to use our powers around combating alcohol-related crime and disorder more effectively and extensively.”