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Burntwood snooker club loses drinks licence

A Burntwood snooker club has been banned from selling alcohol after police revealed a catalogue of criminal activities linked to the premises.

The decision to revoke the licence at the Diamond Snooker Centre on Bridge Cross Road, was taken after Lichfield District councillors heard evidence from police officers who launched an investigation following complaints.

PC Steve Williams, a member of Trent Valley police’s licensing unit, told the council’s licensing and consents appeal committee, officers had gathered evidence of criminal activities at the premises. This included evidence of violence, disorder, drunkenness and the use of controlled substances by persons in charge of the premises. He added:

“Having listened to the community and local officers, we launched an investigation which resulted in the premises being issued last May with a closure notice under Section 19 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 along with a review of the premises licence.

“Our enquiries revealed that alongside criminal activities, the venue had begun to impact on the quality of life and the trading practices of other premises in the area. The licensing committee formed the opinion that the premises had deteriorated to such a level, they agreed with the police application and revoked the premises licence. This means that there is no longer a licence in force which allows for the sale of alcohol or any licensable activity to take place on the premises.”

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