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HOW DO YOU DO: Bar allowed to keep its licence despite summer of disorder

HOW DO YOU DO: Bar allowed to keep its licence despite summer of disorder

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A North Shields bar has been allowed to keep its licence despite a summer of disorder.

Police found revellers packed “shoulder to shoulder” inside How Do You Do during a visit to the premises in August last year.

Officers were responding to reports of a wild Saturday night street brawl.

The report, written by the town’s neighbourhood inspector, claimed staff reported that up to 40 men had been fighting outside the bar in a brawl which left one man unconscious.

However, when police attended the incident which took place on August 15, the men were dispersing from the area.

This was just one of 10 reported police incidents centred around the Hudson Street venue over the summer, including several before bars were allowed to reopen in July.

In May and June, during the first lockdown, locals claimed the venue was repeatedly “open for business” with as many as 30 people spilling out from inside the bar they claim had been serving draught beer – and even playing music.

As a result of this, the force asked for a review of the premises’ licence, and wanted North Tyneside Council remove it.

The force also requested a series of measures, which included the removal of Kenan Ozkan as the designated premises supervisor (DPS).

And police wanted to see it stopped from selling alcohol at 10pm and expected to close by 10.30pm.

As things stand the premises is allowed to serve alcohol  11am to 11pm Monday to Thursday, 2pm to midnight on Saturday, and 2pm too 11pm on Sunday.

Following a hearing, a report said: “The crime and disorder and associated anti-social behaviour caused by the patrons and linked to the premises is significant.”

Despite this its licence was not revoked,  Mr Ozkan was not removed as DPS and the hours for the sale of alcohol were not reduced.

The Chronicle attempted to contact the bar for comment.

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter


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