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Chords, a bar on Kingland Road in Poole, has had its premises licence revoked amid police concerns about serious crime occurring in and around the venue.
Borough of Poole’s Licensing Sub-Committee revoked the licence on Tuesday 1 March 2011, having considered evidence from Dorset Police’s licensing team.
This evidence showed that the bar’s owners had failed to uphold the objectives set out in the Licensing Act 2003, namely the prevention of crime and disorder, the prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from harm.
Sergeant Steve Lyne, who leads Dorset Police’s licensing team said:
“I am pleased the Licensing Sub-Committee saw fit to revoke Chords licence based on the evidence we presented to them.
“The bar was poorly managed and this was evident by the nature and volume of incidents, including four serious assaults, occurring inside and directly outside the venue in the last year.
“Also of concern was that young people under the age of 18 were found under the influence of alcohol at the venue.
“The venue also tested positively for drugs use on a number of occasions.”
Cllr Don Collier, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said:
“The council takes pride in the fact that we work in partnership with Dorset Police and the licensing trade to ensure successful, safe and appropriate licensing premises that comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act.
“Licensees and managers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the public by having robust management systems in place to prevent serious crimes occurring. Revocation of a licence is always a lastoption but public safety is our priority.”
The bar’s owners now have 21 days to appeal the decision from the date that they receive formal notification.