Newham

Tough conditions imposed on 'stabbing, assaults and drug dealing' pub

25 October 2013 in Community safety
Tough conditions have been imposed on a strife-ridden pub where a stabbing, assaults and drug dealing took place.
After hearing evidence from police about the Princess of Wales, West Ham Lane, Stratford, Newham councillors ordered the pub, at licensing sub committee on Thursday (24 October), to:
  • Close an hour earlier, at 1am
  • Install and maintain a comprehensive CCTV system
  • Ensure there were at least two bouncers on the door
  • Not re-admit customers after midnight
  • Operate a proof-of-age scheme
  • Keep training and incident logs.
A police report, submitted to the committee, said the pub ‘has been having issues for a fair while now, mainly in the form of drugs being dealt in and around the venue’.

The police had been advising the landlady how to address this issue but a positive drugs swipe at the toilets revealed it was still continuing.

The report also stated that at about 1.30am, on one day in August, two men got into an argument at a private party, which had been booked at the pub.

The party culminated in one man stabbing another man twice in the abdomen. The report criticised door staff, saying if they had been more ‘robust’ the incident could have been avoided.

Though his injuries were not life-threatening, the outcome could have been much worse, warned police.

It showed ‘the real need and justification’ for bouncers to search people going into the pub for weapons.

Newham Council's Cllr Ian Corbett, chair of the committee, said: "The Prince of Wales needs to get its act together – fast. If it doesn’t, it faces the very real possibility of having its licence revoked. Let this be a warning to other licensed premises who step out of line.

“We will never shirk from taking the tough action necessary to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.”