“Welcome to Hell” - Eagle Tavern licence revoked

The Eagle Tavern in Tonning Street, Lowestoft.

The Eagle Tavern in Tonning Street, Lowestoft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Lowestoft pub described by a nearby resident as 'hell' has had its licence revoked following reports of persistent anti-social behaviour.

Public Inns Partnership lost its premises licence for the Eagle Tavern in Tonning Street, Lowestoft during a hearing of Waveney District Council's licensing sub committee on Monday, October 27.

The application was lodged by Suffolk Police in August on the grounds of prevention of crime and public safety.

A report prepared for the committee by Suffolk Constabulary said the pub was currently closed and the designated premises supervisor (DPS) Lisa Moon - who ran the pub on behalf of Public Inns Partnership from March 2014 - had left.

The report also covers a period from May 2013, when Michelle Deller was the DPS and had employed Darren Bailes as the full-time manager at the pub.

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It revealed a catalogue of complaints against the pub during those periods, including drug use and customers openly smoking cannabis outside the building, as well as evidence of cocaine and MDMA inside the pub.

There were also reports of violence on the premises spilling out in to the street, loud music being played, alcohol being served out of hours and poor management.

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It states that the management failed to cooperate with Suffolk Police officers after crimes were reported at the venue.

It also said recommended improvements, including the installation of CCTV, were not implemented.

It adds that the licence review application was submitted only after all other means to address the problems had been exhausted and that it was not a reflection on the of the licence holders, who had made efforts to work with the police officers.

The report recommends the removal of Ms Moon as DPS.

It concludes: 'It is clear she is complicit in the licensing breaches/offences and has demonstrated disregard for police advice and investigations.

'The premises require a strong professional person to work alongside the constabulary to turn the pub around so it can become the safe, thriving business that the local community deserves.'

Speaking after the meeting, Yvonne Cherry, who is a member of the licensing sub committee, said: 'We didn't give them a licence because of all the things that have gone on in the pub.

'We didn't think it was right that the people who live around the pub should be having to put up with that sort of behaviour.'

Public Inns Partnership have 21 days to appeal the decision.

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