Bad Day for East Thurrock

After listening to nine hours’ evidence, Thurrock Council’s Licensing sub-committee has revoked the licence of East Thurrock United.

East Thurrock United’s bar can no longer supply alcohol to the general public, although its club licence still allows members to drink there.

The review was triggered by an application from Supt Maurice Mason, the former Chief Officer of Police for Thurrock, on the grounds of preventing crime and disorder; public safety; and the protection of children from harm.

The licensing committee had also earlier added conditions to the club’s licence following complaints from neighbours.

Chair of the committee, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said afterwards: “We were told by the police that there had been numerous instances where the police had been called to the club because young people under 18 had appeared to have been served alcohol despite the conditions we had imposed at the earlier hearing.

“We took the decision after a great deal of thought and deliberation, all the more so because it is the first time a committee of this council has revoked a license of this sort.

“This decision relates solely to the premises licence and not to the private members’ club license held there.”

He added: “We also recommend that the police and the council’s licensing team work closely with the owner to look at temporary events to help raise money for the club.”

The club has the right of appeal against the decision.

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