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Concern over pub extension bid

PUBLISHED: 15:55 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 09:39 11 August 2010

A CONTROVERSIAL application for a late licence has been made by a pub where violent brawls and knife attacks took place in the past. Although the Ship and Anchor in Wood Lane, Dagenham recently changed hands police say they have little or no confidence in

A CONTROVERSIAL application for a late licence has been made by a pub where violent brawls and knife attacks took place in the past.

Although the Ship and Anchor in Wood Lane, Dagenham recently changed hands police say they have little or no confidence in the present managers.

The pub, a source of much trouble in the past, closed due to financial difficulties in May 2008.

It reopened in October last year, but police say no attempts were made by licensee Admiral Taverns to contact them or the council.

Since its refurbishment there has been less violence but officers are still concerned as a large brawl broke out there on November 15.

PC Andy O'Connor, said: "Police feel this application should be rejected under the Prevention of Crime and Disorder Act.

"There are no conditions that could satisfy police that the act would not be seriously compromised."

The new management are asking for an extension to their licensing hours that would allow them to open until 2am seven days a week.

This would include playing live or recorded music until 2am as well.

Families in homes neighbouring the pub are unhappy about the extra noise and crime this may produce.

Reverend Stephen Poole, of Becontree Methodist Church, said: "We are strongly opposed.

"If the pub is supposed to be for families as stated by the proprietor in The Post why does it need an extended licence?"

Cliff Carder, of Whalebone Lane South, said: "I used to drink at The Ship, it is a nice pub.

"But I am very concerned that live music will affect my daily life. I have been able to hear music sitting at home with the windows closed."

A resident of Wood Lane gave their statement to the police saying they were afraid to go out after dark because of the violence at The Ship.

The Licensing and Regulatory Board will meet tonight (Wednesday) to approve or reject the application.


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