A micropub in Ramsgate has been forced to close after it broke its licence agreement by trading outside of its designated hours.
The Ravensgate Arms in King Street was found by Kent Police officers to be trading more than three hours later than its licence permits on Saturday 18 March 2017.
When officers revisited a week later it was also discovered that the free house was showing unregulated entertainment and was still open outside of regulations.
ReviewOfficers called for a review of the pub’s licence, which was heard at a licensing sub-committee hearing at Thanet District Council on Tuesday 17 May 2017.
After hearing the evidence from all parties the council decided to revoke the pub’s licence, which will mean closure unless the business challenges the decision within 21 days of the hearing.
Police Licensing Enforcement Officer, PC Darren Dennett, said:
‘A licence should be fully supported and followed and in this case it was not. There was no urgency to resolve the breaches and as a result this pub has lost its licence.
‘We work closely with the council on this type of issue and as Ramsgate starts to regenerate we welcome new businesses. However it is key that the licensing objectives that the council sets out are followed, if not then businesses will be challenged.
‘Kent Police will not tolerate irresponsible drinking, which can lead to crime and anti-social behaviour. The public can be reassured that officers will continuously monitor licenced premises in the area.’
A Thanet District Council spokesman said:
‘The Ravensgate Arms has a strong community following in Ramsgate and it is regrettable that the actions of the licence holders have led to this outcome. However, we remain open to working with the owners and licensees to offer advice and support.
‘Together with Kent Police, the council works hard to ensure licence conditions for premises across Thanet are adhered to in order to prevent instances of public nuisance, crime and disorder, and to protect public safety. Any breaches in these conditions are taken very seriously.’
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