Problem pub could reopen in two weeks

A PUB which became the first in Ipswich to be closed in a crackdown on violence and disorder could reopen within a fortnight, it was announced today.However The Spread Eagle must adhere to stringent rules otherwise the authorities will call time on it again.

A PUB which became the first in Ipswich to be closed in a crackdown on violence and disorder could reopen within a fortnight, it was announced today.

However The Spread Eagle must adhere to stringent rules otherwise the authorities will call time on it again.

Earlier this month the town centre pub was closed earlier this month after officers were called to six incidents relating to disorder in a two-week period.

The final straw came when a serious fight took place at the pub resulting in three men being arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm.


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The pub, run by Punch Taverns, was issued with a closure order on the grounds that imminent disorder on or in the vicinity of the premises was likely.

In a report by the Ipswich Borough Council's licensing sub-committee, serious concerns were raised over the way the premises had operated, which was blamed upon poor management.

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The report also criticised Punch Taverns for not intervening soon enough.

However, Fore Street pub, could be pulling pints again soon, but only if it follows nine permanent conditions laid down by the council.

CCTV must be installed, children must not be on the site after 7pm and the pub should develop a “good neighbour policy” to ensure that public nuisance caused to residents is minimised.

New reduced opening hours have also been enforced which prevent the pub from serving alcohol all day.

In addition, no customers are to be allowed entry to the bar after 10pm between Sunday and Thursday, and after 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

The pub has to become a member of the Leisure Link Radio Scheme, so it can communicate untoward incidents with other premises and police.

All drinks must be served in toughened glasses and plastics for sporting events, while no bottles, glasses or drinks can be taken out of the pub site.

Finally, the licence holder must be at the pub for at least 75per cent of its opening hours.

A Punch Taverns spokesman said The Spread Eagle was under review but added that the company had plans to reopen at a later date.

Should The Spread Eagle be reopened? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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