King’s Lynn pub warned by police it could have to close

PUBLISHED: 12:06 19 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:06 19 June 2014

The Woolpack pub in King's Lynn on Tennyson Avenue. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Woolpack pub in King's Lynn on Tennyson Avenue. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A prominent pub in King’s Lynn could lose its licence after police called for it to be revoked.

The Woolpack, on the corner of Gaywood Road and Tennyson Avenue, could be forced to close if West Norfolk Council’s licensing committee decides to revoke its licence at a meeting in July.

The pub has had a number of landlords over the years, with Gordon Haughey the latest to take over its management in December last year.

Six months on, he could face losing his licence after police attended the Woolpack eight times since February.

In their application for a licence review, Norfolk Police said they had visited the pub to deal with disorder as well as after- hours drinking.

The report said: “There is sufficient evidence to date to demonstrate police concerns that Mr Haughey is a weak manager and has allowed his customers to take advantage of his weak attitude to management of licensed premises which in turn has often resulted in disorder and customers suffering from assault.”

On one occasion police were called to the pub after an intoxicated customer smashed a window after refusing to leave the premises.

In April a customer became violent and smashed a glass on the bar, injuring his finger.

Police arrested the man after reviewing CCTV footage.

Three days later the Police Licensing Officer visited the pub to hold talks with Mr Haughey and his wife and warned him that he could lose his licence.

Police have stated in the report that Mr Haughey has been drunk whilst in charge of the premises and has
regularly allowed customers to remain in the pub past its 10.30pm closing time.

In February police first became aware of issues after officers walked past the pub and noticed music playing at 2.30am. They discovered that customers were still drinking inside.

Mr Haughey said he did not wish to comment at this time about the situation.

Enterprise Inn, which leases the pub to Mr Haughey, has been contacted by police about the Woolpack. They were unable to make a comment.

The case goes before West Norfolk council’s licensing committee on July 8.

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