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Police aiming to ensure troubled pub stays shut

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

The Byrkley Arms, in Byrkley Street, which is currently closed.

The Byrkley Arms, in Byrkley Street, which is currently closed.

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POLICE are seeking to take action against the owner of a pub in Burton which was plagued by violence prior to its closure.

Chiefs are aiming to block plans to reopen the Byrkley Arms, in Byrkley Street, and have blasted owner David Shipton over numerous incidents during his tenure.

The force will attempt to revoke Mr Shipton’s licence at a council licensing meeting next month.

Senior officers in Burton have lost patience with the pub, which has been blighted by fighting and drug-related incidents, including a brawl in December, just weeks before it closed its doors for the last time, and are aiming to ensure it will not open again.

The boozer has been shut since the start of the year and is currently up for sale, but Mr Shipton has signalled his intention to reopen it should he hold onto his licence.

He blamed ‘bad tenants’ for the trouble at the pub in recent years and believes he has been unfairly targeted.

In her application for the removal of the premises licence, Sergeant Tracey Carsley, of Burton Police, delivered a damning verdict of Mr Shipton’s time at the helm.

She stated: “Since January 2012, there have been reports of drunkenness, drugs, after hours opening, fighting, young people in the bar to name a few.

“The current premises licence holder David Shipton has been spoken to in relation to the management of this venue a number of times, however, measures that were implicated clearly were not sufficient. There was a incident of major disorder in December 2013 which has been the catalyst of the submission for this review.

“There are incidents of disorder that could have ended with serious injury had a large police presence not attended. We cannot let this situation continue and it is for this reason we are submitting a review document.”

But Mr Shipton, of Henhurst Hill, said: “The police should have informed me of what was happening before now. I have had two bad tenants. I ran it myself for 15 years and had no problems.”

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