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Nottingham landlord license revoked amid Covid breaches

The landlord of the Queens Head in Kimberley, Nottingham has had their license removed and pub closed following a “catalogue of errors” including a breach of Covid-19 rules and antisocial behavior. 

In September the pub was served with a temporary banning after failing to comply with strict social distancing rules, despite being issued with prior warning from the local police. 

Nottinghamshire law enforcement had also previously reported an incident this summer where one man suffered a fractured cheek and eye socket after being assaulted in the venue’s beer garden. 

Further reports have also been investigated of bottles and glasses being thrown and used as weapons by customers involved in a large fight outside the pub.

Now, following a meeting last week of Broxtowe Borough Council’s alcohol and entertainments licensing committee, the pub’s premises licence has been revoked.

Inspector Simon Riley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Despite repeated warnings, visits and continued support and guidance given by authorities, the Queen’s Head’s premises licence holder took little notice and refused to put measures in place to assist in reducing and stopping crime and disorder at the pub. 

“This disregard to operate the premises in a safe and responsible manner included persistent non-compliance with Covid-19 legislation by failing to ensure that guests were social distancing and to enforce the track and trace system. “

He added: “We will not tolerate behaviour which endangers the public and has a significant negative impact on local residents’ quality of life. “

“We will continue to take action against licence holders who think they can act outside of the rules and show no regard for following licensing objectives and operating their premises in a safe and responsible manner.”

The revocation of the pub’s premises licence is subject to a 21-day appeal period.

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