Police lodge statement opposing The Queen’s Head bid to expand its alcohol licence in Stowmarket

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Police are objecting to a pub’s application to extend its alcohol licence, stating incidents where staff have sold drinks to customers who are already intoxicated.

The Queen’s Head in Stowmarket wants to sell liquor up until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays – with live and recorded music played until 3.30am.

But Suffolk Constabulary has objected to the licence application in its current form. In a letter to Mid Suffolk District Council, which will make the decision on whether to approve the extension, police said the pub’s customers had a history of being involved in anti-social behaviour.

No-one from The Queen’s Head wished to comment on the claims.

The police statement said: “This premises has had several reports over the last 18 months of customers either being ejected because of being too intoxicated or exiting highly intoxicated. On most of these occasions, people have then become disorderly in a public place or assaulted other members of the public.

“In the last 14 months there have been seven recorded assaults directly linked to intoxicated customers from this premises.

“In March 2014, a group of males were ejected by door staff although police were not informed. They then went on to cause disorder in the street and one male had traces of white substance around his nose. They openly admitted that they were using cocaine inside the premises. The group were highly intoxicated and had also been served whilst in this unfit state.”

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The letter went on to state that more than 200 people were in the pub when a fight had broken out there last month. Two grievous bodily-harm assaults were recorded.

The pub currently sells alcohol up until 1am, Thursday-Saturday – with music permission until 2am, Friday-Saturdays. Mid Suffolk will discuss the plans on November 11 at 2.30pm.