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Pub in Spalding to have its premises licence reviewed over police allegations of 'regular drug activity'

A Spalding pub is set to have its licence to sell alcohol reviewed over allegations that "regular drug activity" is taking place there.

The Black Swan, in New Road, is to have its premises licence looked at again following a request from Lincolnshire Police to South Holland District Council.

According to the application from Chief Constable Bill Skelly, police have received information about activities at the pub that may be contrary to its licensing conditions which include the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, nuisance prevention and protecting children from harm.

The Black Swan pub, New Road, Spalding. (16380065)
The Black Swan pub, New Road, Spalding. (16380065)

The application said: "Lincolnshire Police has received intelligence which indicates that the premises have been operating in a manner to undermine the above licensing objectives.

"Despite repeated visits and a stepped approach taken by Lincolnshire Police which resulted in a review of the premises in 2018, further intelligence has been received that regular drug activity has been taking place within the premises.

"There are also breaches of the premises licence conditions."

The Black Swan pub in New Road, Spalding. (16380186)
The Black Swan pub in New Road, Spalding. (16380186)

A panel of district councillors who met as the South Holland Licensing Authority, allowed the pub to keep its licence after a hearing in July 2018 when evidence was heard that a staff member had admitted to using drugs.

Instead, a number of conditions were imposed on the police after advice from police which were to include staff training in the prevention/detection of illegal drug use, a daily register of checks made on the premises to identify drug use and new signage around the pub to inform customers about its "zero tolerance" drugs policy.

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