Notorious pub, the Charter in Ilkeston, keeps its licence despite catalogue of troubles
A NOTORIOUS Ilkeston pub has been allowed to keep its licence despite police sending a mammoth 1,300-page document to officials.
Since January 2011, 161 incidents – 71 resulting in recorded crimes – have been recorded at the Charter, on South Street.
The majority of the crimes were assaults, of which there were 43, while there were 17 thefts and three drug offences.
Supt Gary Parkin said Derbyshire police had "lost all confidence" in the establishment.
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But at a meeting of the Erewash Licensing and Public Protection Panel, the pub was allowed to stay open, with a number of conditions in place.
These include the capacity being dropped from 580 to 480 and plastic glasses and bottles to be used after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
There also has to be an upgrade to the CCTV system by February 28 and no alcohol served after 1am.
Supt Parkin, speaking after the result, said: "It's well documented that there has been serious anti-social behaviour at the Charter and that is why we put in the review before the committee.
"But what we want is a well-run establishment and, if these conditions mean we get that, then that's great. We will be keeping a close eye on the pub in the coming months."
Phil Wright, director of operational services at Erewash Borough Council, said: "The council gave careful consideration to the revocation of the premises licence.
"The panel decided that it was a disproportionate measure to revoke the licence at this time and accepted the additional conditions to the premises licence agreed by Derbyshire police and the licence holder, the Bramwell Pub Company.
"Derbyshire police and the council's licensing officers will closely monitor the premises to ensure that the measures agreed resolve the problems. Otherwise, the licence holder can expect a further application for review of the licence."
A spokeswoman for the Bramwell Pub Company said the firm had worked closely with police.
She added: "We were pleased to have arrived at an agreed position with the police, prior to the licensing hearing.
"Subsequently, the licensing panel agreed with the conditions put forward by both the police and ourselves.
"We look forward to continuing to work with the authorities in addition to operating a well-run establishment, ensuring that the town's night-time economy remains buoyant and safe for those who visit."