Selling alcohol to minors, alleged drug use, an unauthorised boxing event and a punch-up landed the former operators of a Long Eaton pub in trouble with police.
The New Inn, on Tamworth Road, was previously at the centre of a string of problems being investigated by the police, it has now been revealed.
A report published by Erewash Borough Council ahead of a licensing meeting next week included a summary of the troubles facing the venue.
The new operators of the pub say that they have turned things around and that the problems have been dealt with.
In October last year, Derbyshire police had asked the borough council to review the venue’s licence following continued crime and disorder.
One incident, which had formed part of the review, was a daytime punch-up in the venue’s beer garden, caught on CCTV, on September 13.
The police had issued an appeal for witnesses, including video of the incident.
In the footage, a man is seen approaching another man and talking to him before unexpectedly throwing a punch at the side of his head.
The victim recoils before turning to face the attacker and then receives another blow.
The second punch sends the victim falling towards a bench. Bystanders then try to pick him up off the ground.
As a result of the police’s application, the borough council had convened a licensing panel hearing to debate the issues. This had been set to take place on December 20.
Ahead of the hearing, the council said that it had prosecuted the pub for selling alcohol to minors and selling alcohol at an unauthorised late-night boxing event.
It had also received complaints about alleged drug use at the premises and unaccompanied children using the beer garden and toilets.
Alleged incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area, linked to the premises, had also been investigated by the council’s community safety team, the report says.
However, before the licensing panel could meet, agreements had been reached between the then operators and the council for further restrictions to be placed on the venue.
These included the need for door security to be employed at weekends and to prohibit access to the beer garden after 10pm.
As a result, the hearing was cancelled, nine days before it was due to take place and the concerns over the venue were never made public.
Less than a month later, the venue had been sold and was under new management.
A married couple from Long Eaton took over the venue on January 17 but did not want to be named.
One of the owners told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We don’t have any of the issues that the previous owners had.
“Everything is fine now and is running smoothly.
“The troublemakers that previously came to the pub have now been banned. Now, if they come back in they are kicked out.
“There have not been any incidents and we have CCTV to make sure of that.”
Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service