Troubled pub is set to re-open

A PUB which was closed after concerns over violent disorder and selling alcohol after hours has been allowed to re-open.

But The Phoenix will have a new person in charge after Corby Council’s licensing committee ruled current boss James Telfer should be removed.

The pub, 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 also raised concerns about the premises selling alcohol after hours.

At a hearing at the Corby Cube yesterday, the panel agreed the pub could re-open as long as a new designated premises supervisor (DPS) was installed.

The new DPS will be Martin Kelly, a director of HK Taverns, a company which leases the pub from Punch Taverns.

Punch Taverns solicitor Piers Warne said: “HK Taverns was going through disciplinary proceedings with Mr Telfer. He felt he was on the way out. He was influenced by people’s actions and lost control.

“Mr Telfer has nothing to do with the premises any more.”

Corby Council’s health protection manager Damian Wilkins said: “The review was sought following a number of early-morning interventions where the DPS was found to be serving alcohol after 1am.”

Mr Telfer was not at the hearing. When contacted by the Evening Telegraph, he said he would be speaking to the people involved before making a comment.

Chairman of the committee, Cllr Phil Bromhall, said the pub will now have to maintain a CCTV system and incident log, and the outside area will only be open to smokers after 11pm.

Sgt Ian Fletcher, from Northamptonshire Police’s licensing team, said: “We are happy with the decision of the panel to remove the DPS.

“We seldom seek the revocation of a licence unless it is absolutely necessary. The measures put in place should allow the premises to resume business as soon as possible.”