Published on February 22nd, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Pub loses licence for Old Firm day lock-in
THE landlord of a pub which supplied alcohol outwith licensed hours to 40 drinkers on the day of an Old Firm match has had his licence to sell alcohol suspended.
Renfrewshire Council’s licensing board suspended the personal licence of John Hendrie, manager of the Croft Bar in Northcroft Street, Paisley, after hearing evidence from Strathclyde Police.
The board also suspended the premises’ licence of the pub for four weeks in December in connection with the same incident.
As revealed by the Evening Times, the Croft Bar served alcohol from 11.30am on a Sunday last year.
It is illegal to do so before 12.30pm.
Strathclyde Police submitted a report to licensing chiefs which highlighted its concerns about the pub selling alcohol to 40 customers out of hours prior to the match between Celtic and Rangers which kicked off at 12.45pm on October 24.
The report said four members of staff were working on the day and that CCTV footage had not been made available by the pub manager.
Officers attended the Croft Bar at 12.20pm on that day, and found staff working and 40 customers inside drinking.
Two staff members admitted selling alcohol from behind the bar from 11.30am.
The report also outlined difficulties on the day of the incident and days following it in obtaining CCTV evidence recorded on the premises.
Source : Evening Times