Update on struggling Burton bar bid to retain license

A struggling bar and nightclub in downtown Burton has been granted a last-minute reprieve to stay open despite calls from police to close it permanently.

The Locomotive sports bar in Station Street has been the scene of a long list of incidents, including fights and mass assaults, and the club has fought to retain its premises license, in the face of strong objections from Staffordshire Police.

The incidents included a mass brawl at 2am in February 2020, when a man was forced out of the pub after refusing to pay for a drink. Police say he was pushed to the ground by gate staff and hit his head. He then returned with three friends carrying knives and a baseball bat, they said.

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Police said there were later reports of the use of knives and baseball bats, backed up by CCTV of 20 people fighting. There was a further incident when police said they received a report from CCTV operators asking club staff for help. The report states: “Outside the venue there were approximately 60 people, with several different fights outside the premises. This highlights a lack of dispersal of locals at the end of the exchanges.”

He has been negotiating over a revoked premises license for more than a year after council bosses agreed with Staffordshire Police that problems at the premises were ‘attributable to high levels of customer intoxication on the premises and when leaving the locals, the residents”.

Licensing bosses at East Staffordshire Borough Council also previously said the problems were due to “mismanagement”. They revoked the club’s license but it was allowed to remain open pending an appeal.

The appeal hearing was due to take place at Cannock Magistrates’ Court on Monday June 13. However, it has now been revealed that it has been adjourned until October 10 – instead giving the venue at least another four months of negotiations before a decision is made. The delay is believed to be due to a backlog of court hearings caused by the pandemic.

Staffordshire Police also objected to The Locomotive licensee Parmjit Kaur becoming its designated premises supervisor. That hearing is due to be held on June 20, when the East Staffordshire Borough Council licensing committee will decide the outcome.

At a previous license meeting, she said that even outside the club there were limits to the extent to which security personnel could intervene. This was due, she said, to the security company’s insurance policy and the duty of care she owed security personnel.

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