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Pub licence revoked after customer assaulted

22 August 2014 in Community safety
Newham councillors today (22 Aug) revoked the licence of a pub in Manor Park after a customer spent three weeks in a coma after being assaulted.
Newham councillors today (22 Aug) revoked the licence of a pub in Manor Park after a customer spent three weeks in a coma after being assaulted.

Newham’s Licensing Sub-Committee removed the licence from the William The Conqueror Public House in Romford Road. It followed an incident on Sunday 27 July which saw a man, said to be in his 20s, being ejected from the pub and being assaulted by at least two people.

The attack left the man with head injuries, including bleeding from the ears. He was placed in an induced coma in hospital and medical teams initially feared for his life.

The assault was only brought to the attention of the police when a nurse at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel contacted officers.

After investigating the crime, police applied to the council on 29 July for the pub’s licence to be suspended. A hearing today ruled that the establishment’s licence would be revoked – the most stringent action available for councillors to take.

The committee heard that the premises licence holder Mrs Sharanjeet Lalli had not been in the bar at the time of the incident and was instead upstairs cooking dinner. When she saw the blue lights of the ambulance she contacted staff who informed her that the man had been ejected from the pub. Councillors were told she failed to investigate further or inform the police or Newham Council, the licensing authority, as expected under licensing conditions.

Police officers said the management’s failure to report the assault meant there were lost opportunities to gather evidence on the attack and catch the perpetrators.

Today councillors ruled that the licence holder had failed in her duty to protect customers and removed her right to hold a licence.

Chair of the committee Councillor Ian Corbett said: “Our top priority is to ensure our public houses are being operated by reputable management teams that care about their customers, strive to protect them and sell alcohol in a responsible way. What we have seen today is a catastrophic breakdown in the management of the William The Conqueror pub and so we have decided to revoke the licence.”

Two men have been charged, one with aggravated bodily harm and another with grievous bodily harm in connection with the assault.

The licensee has 21 days to lodge an appeal against the committee’s decision.