Potters Bar nightspot to have its licence reviewed

A NIGHTSPOT which has been plagued by trouble over the last few months is to have its licence reviewed. According to Herts police,

A NIGHTSPOT which has been plagued by trouble over the last few months is to have its licence reviewed.

According to Herts police, Luthers Bar, in High Street, Potters Bar, has been the scene of "a number of fights", including a major brawl on March 7.

And now the fed-up force has asked Hertsmere Borough

Council to review the bar's licence in an attempt to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

A council spokeswoman confirmed Luthers was served with a review notice on March 12 and said interested parties, including members of the public, have until April 10 to submit their views on the premises.

She said a hearing would determine whether the licence would be revoked, or conditions imposed - unless an agreement between all parties concerned was reached beforehand.

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Sgt Nathan Landau said police had been called to break up a number of fights at or outside the bar over the last few months.

"These incidents have resulted in arrests for assaults and disorder offences, placing an additional pressure on police resources,"

he said.

Sgt Landau said the police had spoken with the premises supervisor about the trouble on approximately 10 occasions since August 2008, and added his officers had been required to change their duties to provide weekend cover for the town.

He concluded: "Unfortunately, it is the constabulary's view that in order to ensure these premises are managed more effectively and in order to meet the licensing objectives, this review has become necessary."

Licensee Tony Singh said he was aware police had applied for a review.

"We believe we have acted correctly and the review will find in our favour," he said.

"We operate a zero-tolerance policy to drugs and underage drinking.

"This sometimes leads to us refusing entry to people who then may cause trouble elsewhere.

"However, we believe this is

responsible practice and in the best interests of our customers and the community."

He added: "We are a reputable venue and are committed to working closely with the authorities, the licensing committee and Sgt Landau.

"We have asked for a meeting at which issues can be addressed and a successful strategy agreed."

* Luthers Bar is also being prosecuted by Hertsmere Borough Council for fly-posting.

A spokeswoman for the council said the case related to "41 cases of unauthorised placements of notices - e.g. posters on street furniture advertising events at the premises".

The case will go before Central Herts Magistrates' Court in St Albans today (Wednesday).