Cops lose patience with Ilkeston pub

The Charter, Ilkeston.
The Charter, Ilkeston.

An Ilkeston town centre pub could lose its licence after police say they have ‘lost all confidence’ with its management.

Supt Gary Parkin has written to Erewash Borough Council to request the The Charter’s licence is reviewed after concerns at the number of criminal incidents at he South Street pub.

In particular, he said they were worried about the amount of ‘alcohol-related violence’ since it opened in 2007.

“Police have now lost all confidence in the premise licence holders and with the management running the premises on a day-today basis,” he said.

He added that over the past 18 months, officers have given the pub ‘sufficient advice and support’ to deal with its problems but nothing has been done.

“The patience of the police has now reached its limits,” he said, adding that there was no other option but to call for the removal of the premises licence.

“The decision has not been taken lightly but we cannot stand by and allow other violent alcohol-related incidents or non-compliance at these premises go without challenge,” he said.

Now the pub’s fate rests in the hands of Erewash Borough Council, which should have made a decision on whether to revoke the licence before the end of December.

The pub, one of the few pubs in Ilkeston with a late licence, is owned by The Bramwell Pub Company.

A spokesman for the firm said: “The safe and legal operation of all our premises is of paramount importance to The Bramwell Pub Company.

“We take the matter of the licence review at The Charter very seriously and are awaiting the full evidence which details the concerns of the police.

“The company is totally committed to ensuring that The Charter continues to be a safe environment for staff and customers and we will work in partnership with the authorities to achieve this.”

Public notices have gone up outside the pub asking for the public to give their opinions about the licence review before this Tuesday.

The council’s licensing and public protection panel could revoke the licence completely, modify it or suspend it when they meet to discuss the review on December 21

Write to Erewash Borough Council’s licensing section at Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton, NG10 1HU before Tuesday with your views.