Reading pub Pheasant Inn could lose licence due to assaults and drug use

Pub could lose licence due to glass and weapon assaults and ‘constant concerns’ over drug use

A pub in Reading could lose its licence due to “extremely serious” incidents including assaults with weapons and glass and “constant concern” over drug use.

The Pheasant, on 225 Southampton Street, will have its licence reviewed by Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) licensing applications sub-committee at a future unconfirmed date.

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Thames Valley Police’s (TVP) PC Simon Wheeler has called in the review on behalf of TVP chief constable John Campbell, with recommendations that the council should “seriously consider” revoking the licence.

PC  Wheeler said the pub has failed to ensure compliance with the conditions on the licence and “due diligence”, leading to an undermining of the four licensing objectives:

  • Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • Public Safety
  • Protection of Children from Harm

There are also “constant concerns surrounding drug usage supported by high swab readings within the premises”, according to the police.

PC Simon Wheeler has set out the police’s grounds for review in full.

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He said: “Thames Valley Police have serious concerns that this premises licence is undermining the licensing objectives due to the premises licence holders failure to ensure compliance with their licence conditions, as well as a failure to ensure that due diligence is suitably delivered and maintained.

“Within the last two years there have been three changes of designated premises supervisor appointed by the premises licence holder and each has failed under the auspices of the premises licence holder to deliver and maintain suitable standards sufficient to promote and not undermine the licensing objectives.

“These failings have led to a number of extremely serious incidents at the pub, which include assaults involving weapons and glassware, general incidents of anti-social behaviour effecting residents, constant concerns surrounding drug usage supported by high swab readings within the premises, and their ongoing failure to comply with licence conditions or provide suitable measures to promoting the licensing objectives.

“Therefore Thames Valley Police submit that this review is necessary in order to promote all four of the licensing objectives but with specific emphasis placed upon the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety.”

Anyone wishing to make a relevant representation – relating to at least one of the four licensing objectives – should do so in writing by October 18 to Reading Borough Council, Licensing Section, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU.

Reading Chronicle