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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Police fight Barrow pub plan to screen match outdoors

POLICE have opposed a landlord’s plan to screen England’s opening World Cup match in his beer garden.

England will play Italy, with a kick-off of 11pm BST, on June 14.

Craig Armes has applied for permission to relax licensing conditions at Bar Continental in Barrow to show the match in the outdoor area.

Barrow Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee is due to meet in Barrow Town Hall tomorrow morning to decide whether to grant Mr Armes the temporary permission between 11pm and 1am.

But police have contacted the council stating their objection for reasons relating to crime and disorder, public safety and prevention of public nuisance. The committee ruled in 2005 that all activities in the beer garden must stop at 11pm because they were a “source of noise nuisance”.

Caroline Kendall, Barrow police licensing officer, said: “These streets and the surrounding area are in a quiet, suburban area with residential streets directly adjacent to the premises.

“In addition to this is the potential increase in anti-social behaviour, litter and other associated offences – namely urinating in the backstreets which have historically been associated with these premises when the beer garden was in regular use and led to the three annex conditions which were attached to the premises in 2005. Prior to this, there were serious concerns regarding the running and management of the premises which resulted in the annex conditions being imposed.

“Cumbria police have no issue with the premises screening the event within the building itself, and object only to the screening of the game in the beer garden.”

Mr Armes said: “I really hope they will make an exception for this game. It’s such a big game. The whole country will be getting behind the team.

“We’ll be showing the match inside but we also want to show it in the beer garden.

“It’s on a Saturday night, if it had been in the week we would not have done this.

“We never have any trouble. We respect the neighbours.”

Have your say

It's the World Cup ! Let's get it watched and supported ! It only happens every four years so support your national team !

Posted by Geoff hurst on 6 May 2014 at 22:32

Deary me, this country really is the pits at times. Let him show the game outside, let people have fun. Killjoys!!

Posted by Phil on 6 May 2014 at 11:41

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