POLICE demanding the closure of a pub which has been blighted by trouble in recent years insist they have run out of alternative options.
Derbyshire Police wants the licence at the Travellers Rest, in Church Gresley, revoked following a series of incidents in and outside the premises.
The pub, in New Street, has become a hotbed for crime over the last decade and despite various changes of ownership and crisis meetings held between pub bosses and the police, incidents have continued to happen.
PC Rich Morley told a licensing committee that 90 per cent of alcohol-related crime surrounding licensed establishments in Church Gresley in recent years centred around the pub.
He also spoke of numerous occasions when police had been called to the pub, including a mass brawl involving more than 60 people, and said that living near it had become a nightmare for residents.
He said: “I haven’t got any more armory in my tool box, there is nothing more I can do. The level of incidents got to such a point that almost daily the police are being contacted about levels of noise, drink-fuelled violence and general unruly behaviour. This is at any time of day, not necessarily at night. We are getting calls in the afternoon about people shouting and swearing.”
Licensees Andy and Sharon Kinch said they did not deserve to lose their licence as they only took over the reins in January but the police insisted the pair had plenty of time to turn the pub’s fortunes around.
The pub also failed a test purchase recently in which an undercover youngster was sent into the pub by police to request alcohol.
In an attempt to prevent the pub’s closure, Mr and Mrs Kinch have suggested having restrictions imposed on their licence including having staff undergo alcohol awareness training and allow its smoking shelter to be used after 11pm to stop people from smoking outside the front of the pub.
A decision on the pub’s future is due to be made by next week.