Pub has licence suspended after CCTV failing

Thursday, 6 January, 2022

A pub in St Osyth has had its licence suspended for one month after breaching its licence conditions.

An appeal heard at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 6 January) saw magistrates impose the suspension, along with revised licence conditions, on The Sailor Boy in Beach Road, St Osyth.

Pub representatives were also ordered to pay £6,250 in legal costs to Tendring District Council (TDC).

The appeal followed a meeting of TDC’s Licensing Sub-Committee in February 2021, where the committee imposed reduced hours on the pub for licensed activities, provision of late night food completely removed, and a three month licence suspension placed upon it.

Magistrates today allowed the appeal and reduced the penalty, a move supported by TDC after legal discussions.

As well as a one-month suspension of the pub’s licence, its conditions will be reduced to opening between 10am and 1am, last entry time of 11.30pm. In addition one of the named licence holders will be removed from the licence, and TDC’s legal costs paid.

The council’s initial licence review had been requested by Essex Police following allegations of assault taking place immediately outside the premises in October 2020 involving bar staff and a customer.

During the subsequent investigation some CCTV was supplied by the pub, but after a second request for additional footage officers were told it had been overwritten 26 days after the incident. However, the premises’ licence conditions stated that CCTV should be kept for a minimum of 28 days.

 It was this breach of condition, and concern over the serious nature of the allegations, which had led TDC’s Licensing Sub-Committee to impose revised conditions and a licence suspension. Completely removing the pub’s licence was ruled out  as there was no previous history of incidents at the site.

Stephen Dyble, representing The Sailor Boy, told magistrates that during the incident on the night in question a security guard working for a neighbouring business was assaulted. The customer who had been ejected from the pub was later convicted of that assault.

The pub’s licence holder has told the court they have drawn up an action plan following the incident – to include installation of improved CCTV and increased staff training – to reduce the likelihood of future incidents and handle them differently if they do occur.

Alison Lambert, representing TDC, told the court that in the circumstances and on the basis that there were no further complaints, the revised conditions were an acceptable compromise and did not oppose the appeal on those grounds.

Last updated on: 06/01/2022 - 15:59