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Snooker club has licence revoked

11 August 2023

A Peterborough snooker club has had its licence to sell alcohol revoked after drug dealing took place on the premises.

The council’s Licensing Committee decided to revoke the Premises Licence for Peterborough Snooker Centre following a hearing at Peterborough Town Hall this week.

The meeting heard that during February and March 2023, a bar worker at the venue in Lincoln Road allegedly assisted in the dealing of drugs, namely cocaine, on the premises. This person was subsequently arrested and an investigation is currently ongoing.

During a meeting in June between the venue’s licence holder, Jawad Ismail and police and council Licensing Officers, the person allegedly involved in the incident entered the premises. Mr Ismail confirmed that the person was a long-standing friend and had not been excluded from the venue.

The committee heard that officers were concerned Mr Ismail was not in control of the premises and had not taken immediate action to prevent further offences. They also cited concerns that Mr Ismail did not appear to understand his responsibilities of upholding the licensing objectives.

After hearing representations, the committee decided to revoke the venue’s licence, stating in their summary: “We took a serious view of dealing in Class A drugs, especially on licensed premises which the general public had access to.

“It was clear the premises licence holder was not in control of the premises and had not taken his responsibilities under the Licensing Act seriously. The Sub-Committee had considered various conditions but did not believe that additional conditions were appropriate in this case.”

Councillor Steve Allen, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “This case sends a clear message to licence holders that they must adhere to the terms of their licences and that any illegal activities will have severe consequences. We take any breaches of conditions extremely seriously and will look to take appropriate action, helping to ensure the safety of the general public.”