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Published on September 3rd, 2012 | by Dean Carr

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Kent Publican has alcohol licence revoked

The landlord of the Cross Keys pub in Erith Kent has had his premises licence revoked because travellers have been riding horses into the pub.

On 15 August, more than 100 travellers turned up at the Kent pub, with five horses ridden into the bar. Evidence has been given of this also taking place in April, June and July of this year.

Police Licensing Officer Mr Eddy Boston showed Bexley Council’s Licensing Committee CCTV footage of earlier incidents, saying it had become a regular occurrence. Mr Boston went on to say that the travellers had also been causing mayhem by racing horses up and down the High Street. Under the Licensing Act 2003, the Licensing Committee must decide whether Publicans retain their licences.

The landlord, Mr McKenzie, told the councils Licensing Committee that he was in control of the situation and that the horses were only ever in the pub for a matter of seconds before being shooed out. However, the Licensing Committee were not in agreement with him and felt he was not in control and decided to revoke his licence.

Mr McKenzie has the right to appeal this decision and will have 21 days to apply to the Magistrates’ Court to have the ruling overturned.

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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