License revoked from Canning Town pub following violence

13 March 2014 in Community safety
Newham councillors have ordered the licence of a Canning Town pub to be withdrawn after hearing about a series of violent assaults that had taken place at the premises.
The council’s Licensing Sub-committee took the decision to revoke the licence of Pier One in Bidder Street on the grounds of public safety and to prevent public nuisance, crime and disorder. The pub will no longer be able to serve alcohol, provide regulated entertainment and serve light hot food and drink refreshments between 11pm and 5am. The licensee has 21 days to lodge an appeal.

The Metropolitan Police asked the council to review the licence following eight separate reports of assault relating to the late night venue since August 2013. Two involved grievous bodily harm, three caused actual bodily harm, two were classed as common assault and one was a sexual attack.

Police told the committee that in one incident, the suspect who had been drinking at the venue, drove his vehicle at members of the public, lost control and hit the victim on the ankle. Another assault saw the victim struck on the head with a bottle or glass that resulted in an eye injury.

Councillor Ian Corbett, chair of the committee, said: “The growing number of violent incidents at Pier One is unacceptable and for the safety of the public, it is crucial, this venue’s licence is withdrawn.

“The police have told us the level of violence and the frequency of these offences are disproportionate to other similar and well managed venues in Newham. We will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour at licensed venues and this should be a lesson to all licensees that they need to be responsible and ensure their premises do not become a magnet for dangerous and illegal behaviour.”