Man Fined For Running An Illegal Pub

An illegal drinking den has been closed down in Eastleigh.

The Council's Enforcement Team acted on information received about activity taking place at a house in Bishopstoke. 

Following an investigation it was found that James Rowell had been running an illegal commercial bar from the garden of the residence that included a brick built bar and business display sign with opening hours. 

A large volume of empty bottles were found at the premises and approximately 2,200 pints sold over a two month period. 

He was found guilty of the unlicensed sale of alcohol and the unauthorised exposure of alcohol for sale under the Licensing Act 2003 and fined £2000 for the offences with £4500 costs.   

Chair of Eastleigh Licensing Committee Cllr Peter Wall says:

"The Council took appropriate action to curtail this illegal activity and protect both the public and the licensing trade within the Borough."   He added, "The licensing law exists to protect and reassure the public that alcohol is being dispensed legally.  If you know anyone who may be selling alcohol illegally or you would like further  information please telephone 023 8083 4209 or email ".

However drinkers at the bar claim they'd all clubbed together to pay for the alcohol, and no money was made.