Club faces licence review after brawl

The Tangerine Tavern's licence will be reviewed and (below) Sgt Caroline Hannon.
The Tangerine Tavern's licence will be reviewed and (below) Sgt Caroline Hannon.
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THE owners of a social club will be hauled before licensing chiefs amid allegations children have watched a drunken brawl in the bar.

Police have been called to fights at members club The Tangerine Tavern – and have now called on the licensing department to act.

Sgt Caroline Hannon

Sgt Caroline Hannon

Officers have asked Blackpool Council’s licensing committee to review the St Annes Road club’s licence, amid claims the South Shore venue is failing to adhere to licensing objectives.

In documents submitted to the council, Sgt Caroline Hannon said: “The issues of concern are serving to non-members on at least two occasions, functions that result in crime and disorder and lack of compliance with the licensing department with requests to prevent disorder.”

She also states concerns with a “lack of co-operation with contacting the police when incidents of disorder take place and children in the company of drunks and witnessing disorder.”

The documents catalogue a string of incidents which have happened at the club since the end of 2011, when police were called on Christmas Day to 
reports of two groups of people fighting outside with a knife.

The report states customers were “so drunk they could hardly stand” and it took bar staff half an hour to clear the premises because patrons were so intoxicated.

Other incidents include children witnessing two men brawling in the bar during a private function in February 2012, reports of a woman being assaulted in June and a fight in January this year.

The club has also failed test purchases by selling alcohol to non-members.

A date for the hearing is yet to be set.

The club owners were unavailable for comment.

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