Posted on Monday 8 January 2018
Pub managers are being urged to ensure they don’t serve alcohol outside of licenced hours after one Gateshead pub found itself more than £760 out of pocket after falling foul of the UK’s strict licencing laws.
Alan Paris, the designated premises supervisor for the Coach and Horses pub on Wrekenton’s High Street in Gateshead, was fined £510 after pleading guilty at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court to allowing the sale of the alcohol outside of licensed hours.
Magistrates also ordered Mr Paris to pay £200 in costs plus a victim surcharge of £51.
The case followed a complaint to Gateshead Council from a member of the public who alleged that alcohol was being sold at the Coach and Horses in Wrekenton to several men at 9am on Saturday March 4 last year. The premises are licensed to sell alcohol only between 10am and midnight on a Saturday.
A subsequent investigation by the council’s Enforcement Team used the pub’s own internal CCTV system to verify the allegation.
Jaqueline Diamond , a bar person at the Coach and Horses, admitted selling alcohol to a number of males at the Coach and Horses outside the terms of the licence and also appeared before Gateshead Magistrates Court where she pleaded guilty. She was fined £40 plus costs.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:
“This case highlights the serious responsibility that a Designated Premises Supervisor takes on when they are appointed, and the potential pitfalls they face when they don’t enforce the licencing laws.
“It is the legal duty of the DPS to police their pub and ensure that the government’s licencing laws are being strictly abided by. For whatever reason, this didn’t happen in this case and Mr Paris and his staff member have paid the price.
“We would urge anyone who thinks that a licensed premises may not be abiding by the terms of their licence to let us know, so we can investigate and ensure that the controls we put in place to protect the local community are being adhered to.”