Dagenham pub withdraws licence extension application

A Dagenham pub withdrew its application to extend its opening hours ahead of a council licensing committee hearing last night.

An officer was expected to present evidence of noise and drunken assaults close to the Cherry Tree in Wood Lane at a licensing committee.

Officers submitted reports criticising the pub for hosting an alleged Blood and Honour music event in January, concerts which often attract neo-nazis.

But landlord Leigh Friend has written a 12-page report refuting the allegations which, she says, neither the police nor any other officials have raised with her before.

She had applied for a licence to sell alcohol until 3am on Saturdays, Sundays and Good Friday as well as up to 2am on Thursdays and Christmas Eve.


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Ms Friend told the Post before withdrawing the application that she had not knowingly put on neo-nazi bands and that the violent incidents cited by police were not linked to the pub.

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