POLICE have called for a Church Gresley pub to have its licence revoked following reports of drink-fuelled violence and claims that sex toys were used to prop open windows.
The Traveller’s Rest, in New Street, will have its licence scrutinised after Derbyshire Police said it had ‘serious cause for concern’ about the drunken state of customers leaving the pub, which has led to fighting on the street.
In a report due to go before South Derbyshire District Council’s licensing committee tomorrow, Superintendent Gary Parkin said the force had ‘lost all confidence’ in the premises because of incidents dating back to 2004.
But licensees Sharon and Andy Kinch said the accusations were unfair because they only took over the pub in January.
On one of two occasions when the item resembling a sex toy was spotted, the seven-year-old daughter of a New Street resident asked her parents what the object was, Supt Parkin said.
On another occasion, three police vehicles were called to the pub (pictured) after a birthday party became out of control – on the same night trading standards officers were due to carry out a test purchase.
But Mr and Mrs Kinch told the Mail: “The police have not had to be called for anything which has happened at the pub since we have been here.
“The pub has always played a part in the community and we have always tried to look after local people.
“If the neighbours spoke to us they would realise we are not bad people.”
The couple said the item resembling a sex toy belonged to a tenant.
The tenant, who did not want to be identified, said the item was placed against the window when she moved in. On the second occasion, a friend put it against the window, she said.
New Street residents have spoken out in support of the pub, saying the licensees ‘work tirelessly to provide a welcoming and friendly atmosphere’.
One statement said said: “Over the years, the pub has supported the residents and has been a meeting place for people to air their opinions.”