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New management for troubled Harrow Pub

PUBLISHED: 14:44 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 11 August 2010

THE CLOSURE of a pub with a disturbing history of violent brawls was reduced to two months after owners promised to replace its management team. The Harrow in Ripple Road, Barking, is due to be closed by New Year s Eve because licence holders have repeate

THE CLOSURE of a pub with a disturbing history of violent brawls was reduced to two months after owners promised to replace its management team.

The Harrow in Ripple Road, Barking, is due to be closed by New Year's Eve because licence holders have repeatedly ignored the 2003 Licensing Act.

Police have been called to more than 50 incidents in the past year, including mass brawls and a machete attack when a customer's arm was sliced open.

The Licensing and Regulatory Board were asked by the police at last week's meeting to completely revoke the pub's licence.

The Board heard that Alan Andree, who owns the lease, had illegally sublet the premises to Adam Pace and his son, Adam.

The freeholder, Punch Taverns, was not informed of this.

The pub will be closed by New Year's Eve because Punch Taverns has 21 days to appeal against the council's decision.

A legal representative for the company had threatened to appeal against a revocation of the licence, in which case it would take longer to shut down the pub.

He proposed a two-month closure as an alternative, saying: "This would allow for the premises to be cleared, and for the current patrons to be dispersed and a new clientele found."

The council agreed, but demanded that all CCTV recordings be kept for more than 31 days.

All current staff are to be removed, and CCTV will be installed inside and outside.

Now The Harrow will re-open in March under new management and with new staff.

Punch Taverns management will also have to make monthly visits to the pub, and keep a log book of incidents to be produced for the licensing authority and inspection by the police.


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