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Late nights, lack of staff and drugs all mentioned as Gravesend pub shuts down

PUBLISHED: 10:22 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:22 28 January 2016

New Inn pub on Milton Road

New Inn pub on Milton Road

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The New Inn pub in Milton Road has closed down

A pub in Gravesend has been closed down over licensing failures, including the potential use of cocaine at the New Inn in Milton Road.

Advice was first given to the pub in March last year, after police and licensing officers discovered the pub was in breach of several conditions of its license.

The pub soon reopened, but in July 2015 a follow-up visit discovered the pub continued to regularly breach its license, including trading outside of hours and having insufficient door staff.

A routine drugs test implied that cocaine may have been used in the pub.

Further breaches were found in December, despite the premise coming under a new supervisor and having its hours reduced.

The pub’s current license holder surrendered their licence in December following the repeated breaches, and was given 28 days to transfer it to another person.

But no new person had took over the license by January 22, and the pub remains closed.

PC Clare Cossar, an officer from the north Division Licensing Team said: “I am pleased the licence holder took the decision to surrender their licence.

“Licensing officers made several attempts to address issues raised by the community with the pub’s management and designated premise supervisor before taking any formal action. Unfortunately the first review of the licence did not achieve a marked improvement and as a result we were forced to take further action.

‘I hope this result reminds other licence holders of their responsibilities to actively promote the licensing objectives and, more importantly, that the police will take action against any other premise found to be behaving outside of the law.”

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