Crime-filled pub facing threat of losing licence

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The Red Lion in Bildeston could be forced to close after Suffolk Police raised serious concerns over crime and disorder at the pub.

Police chiefs have asked for the pub’s licence to be reviewed following allegations of drug use, drunkenness and an incident in which a customer was stabbed.

In its application to Babergh District Council’s licensing committee, Suffolk Police reported serious concerns over how the High Street pub is run and managed.

“This application is made following recent and ongoing events of crime and disorder,” the report states.

On December 28, officers attended the pub following reports of a heated argument.

It is alleged that the landlord’s partner, Andrew Eccles, attacked a customer with a six-inch knife, causing serious injury to them and damage to their vehicle.

Eccles,23, of High Street, Bildeston, has been charged with actual bodily harm and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on June 6.

“This incident, and several previous ones during 2013, show that the premises is vulnerable to crime, such as assaults and criminal damage, and highlights serious concerns relating to the high level of drunkenness at the premises,” states the report.

Suffolk Police will also be providing evidence of alleged drug use at the pub.

“It is the view of Suffolk Constabulary that these incidents are the result of weak control measures,” it claims.

Police bosses have suggested conditions, including CCTV, be added to the Red Lion’s licence, but have warned that previous attempts to work with the pub have been received with a “lack of intent”.

If the licensing committee feels that action should be taken, it has the power to:

l Modify the conditions of the pub’s licence

l Exclude a licensable activity from the licence

l Remove the landlord, suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months or revoke it entirely.

The Red Lion declined to comment on the case. The review will be held on April 28.