Police call time on late night pub lock-ins at Miners Arms in Milton
POLICE have compiled a dossier of evidence against a pub caught staging illegal late night lock-ins.
Officers visited The Miners Arms, in Milton, 17 times over four years after complaints the pub was opening too late.
The pub was caught staging lock-ins on 10 of those occasions.
Now the Millrise Road licensed premises has been ordered to install CCTV cameras and told it must keep its curtains open all night in an effort to put a stop to the late-night activities.
The move comes following a review of the pub's alcohol licence by Stoke-on-Trent City Council's licensing sub committee yesterday.
Sergeant Dave Wright, manager of Staffordshire Police's Northern Licensing Unit, described how officers had visited the venue on numerous occasions since 2008 where taxis were found to be waiting for customers after the venue's authorised trading hours.
One incident, on July 23 2009, noted a stag party being held until 3.47am and in July last year people were found drinking and smoking as late as 1.06am.
Most recently, on December 16, officers received complaints about ongoing music and noise at 2.30am.
Sgt Wright said: "There has been a detailed history of incidents at the venue which had become a cause for concern. It has been subject to a number of complaints from members of the public in relation to the late trading in particular.
"There is no desire from police to see this pub closed, so if the issue of the late trading and respect for the neighbours is resolved then I think everybody would be happy.
"If they are not going to play ball in relation to their licence then we would have no choice but to request that their license be revoked."
The committee ruled the pub, which is owned by Oxford Hotels and Inns, will now only be allowed to serve alcohol between the hours of 10am and 11pm from Monday to Thursday and from 10am until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays – a reduction of one hour from its current trading hours.
Councillor Joy Garner, the committee's chairman, said: "We were concerned by the lack of respect shown by the managers in relation to late trading. This shows a total disregard for the quality of life to the neighbours and we have made our decisions to give the residents some respite.
"This has been going on for some time and the fact that taxis pull up there late at night means this has become very regular."