Doormen needed at Padiham pub

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THE landlord of a Padiham pub, which has been the scene of 27 incidents of disorder this year, has been ordered to employ doormen.

Trouble had become so frequent at the New Black Bull pub, it was described by police as “highest anti-social behaviour hotspot in Pennine Division.”

Landlord Mr Michael Metcalfe attended a licensing hearing at Burnley Town Hall after concern was raised by the police at the number of serious incidents at the pub in Mill Street, which culminated in a large scale disturbance in September leaving a man seriously ill in hospital.

The hearing, chaired by Coun. John Fifield, heard representations from licensing officers Sgt Michelle Dixon and PC Mark Driver who said the pub had been “a cause for concern” for some time.

The committee decided that a condition should be made that the pub employ a minimum of two registered door supervisors from 8pm until close every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and any other special events.

Speaking after the hearing, PC Driver said he was satisfied with the committee’s decision.

“We don’t want any pubs to close and will support the landlord as he attempts to turn his client base around. There have been 27 recorded incidents of disorder this year at the pub, some minor but some very serious, and that is too many.

“Certain customers were riding roughshod over the landlord and that cannot be tolerated. We had to draw the line and hopefully the employment of door supervisors will help.