Sudbury: Club Licence Suspended For Underage Drinking

A club in Sudbury had it's licence suspended after they were caught by police and Trading Standards serving alcohol to under-18s.

Police say they were concerned after reports of underage drinking at the Eastern Station Lounge in Station Road.

Officers organised a joint test purchase operation with Suffolk Trading Standards and asked 4 under-18s to try to get into the club and buy alcohol.  All four were unchallenged.

Police have also told Heart: "During the same evening the cast of a TV show were providing entertainment but were witnessed to be extremely drunk and expose themselves. It was following this that an expedited review of the premises licence was requested by police."

A review was held on 17 December 2012 and resulted in a two-month licence suspension for Easterns, meaning, subject to an appeal period available to the premises, the club will have to close.

Inspector Paul Crick, Babergh Local Policing Commander said: "Suffolk Police are pleased that the Babergh Licensing committee has supported police and Trading Standard's concerns around the management of Easterns Station Lounge and the breaches of their licence.

“We consider that a two month suspension is a proportionate response and reflects the gravity of the breaches. The police service is committed to working with partners, Suffolk County Council, District Council, Trading Standards and other agencies in order to maintain the overall safety of the public using pubs and nightclubs. As such we reiterate the message that action will be taken against premises that do not adhere to their licence conditions and especially those that put young persons at risk."

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