Boscombe bar's premises licence suspended following reported assault

Posted on Friday 7 February 2020

BCP Council has suspended the premises licence of Boscombe’s Bar 7, following an alleged serious assault that took place on Saturday 25 January.

Dorset Police applied for an expedited review of the premises after the reported attack, and gave evidence to the Council’s Licensing Sub Committee. The committee determined that there was a lack of control at Bar 7 and that those managing the premises had not taken their management responsibilities seriously. The designated premises supervisor was also removed from the licence.

Sergeant Gareth Gosling, of Dorset Police’s Drug and Alcohol Harm and Reduction Team, said: “Our Drug and Alcohol Harm Reduction Team will work with our partners to tackle premises that are considered not to be promoting the licensing objectives and we are grateful that the sub-committee took the interim steps to suspend the alcohol provision at this premises.”

A full review hearing will take place on Monday 24 February to make a final decision about Bar 7’s licence.

Councillor Lewis Allison, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Communities, added: “This is a fantastic example of how licensing powers can have a positive impact on the local community. These powers are in place to keep everybody safe, and we acted quickly to ensure no further incidents would take place.”

Those with an interest in licensing are invited to participate in the consultation taking place until Thursday 26 March. Changes have been proposed in the draft Statement of Licensing Policy, which replaces the three previous policies held individually for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.