A HEARING will take place to discuss the future of a town centre pub which had its licence suspended after “serious disorder and underage drinking”.
South Yorkshire Police made several visits to the Red Lion, off Bridgegate, in the space of a couple of days.
Officers took evidence to Rotherham Council’s licensing department and made an application to review the premises licence.
This has meant no trading at the venue for two weeks and a hearing will take place next Thursday to discuss the next steps.
Paul Woodcock, RMBC regeneration and environment director, said: “Between June 18 and 20, South Yorkshire Police attended a number of incidents connected to the Red Lion. These included serious disorder and underage drinking.
“The severity of these incidents was such that on June 21, South Yorkshire Police made an application to the council for a summary review of the premises licence in place at the premises.
“On June 23, the council’s licensing sub-committee heard evidence from South Yorkshire Police and decided that it was necessary to suspend the premises licence in place at the Red Lion with immediate effect, which was issued to the licence holder later that day.
“A further hearing will take place on July 15, where the sub-committee will have the opportunity to give further consideration to the situation at the Red Lion, and decide whether further action needs to be taken in relation to the premises licence.
“In the mean time, the sale of alcohol cannot take place at the premises.”
The summary review process is quicker than a regular review and is only used in cases where premises are connected with serious crime or serious disorder, or both.
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