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Barnstaple was forced to close after crime and disorder

Rumors Bar and Nightclub in Barnstaple has been stripped of its license after a number of crimes and disturbances took place at the premises.

On June 27, Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court was presented with the culmination of work carried out by North Devon Council and the police in a hearing for the local bar.

Its license was revoked by the council in November 2021, but the business continued to trade legally pending an appeal.

The bar was found to be in breach of rules which include undermining:

  • crime and disorder
  • public nuisance
  • Public Safety
  • protecting children from harm

Along with the CCTV, police witness statements were presented at the Magistrates’ Court, which showed two serious offences. The first happened in May this year and another incident happened this month. Both incidents were related to the consumption of alcohol on the premises.

A timeline of the incidents that set the stage for the judge was also presented, showing a catalog of the bar’s problems and mismanagement.

The appeal decision resulted in the premises having to close their doors permanently.

Chair of Licensing and Communities Committee, Councilor Louisa York, says: “An attractive, safe and well-managed night-time economy adds value to our town centres. We thank most of our licensees in Barnstaple for a good job in managing their premises.

“We are delighted that the Magistrates’ Court has supported our efforts to promote a positive image and reputation for Barnstaple. We have a good mix of bars, restaurants and cultural venues and we will deal vigorously with any business that creates a negative perception of our town.”

Inspector Andy Wills, Sector Inspector for Barnstaple, says: “The vast majority of local licensed businesses operate their premises conscientiously and with our wider community in mind. We thank them for the time and effort they put into providing safe, high-quality entertainment and social spaces for us all to enjoy.

“They do so with the expectation that venues that don’t will be held accountable, and the community expects the same. This case shows that when the relevant standards are not being met in line with licensing objectives, Devon and Cornwall Police and the local authority will work together to find a solution.

“We are gathering information and resources and trying to work with the campus to remedy the situation. In the event that the change cannot be effected through such an engagement, we will attempt to develop a case where we take over the license for review. This may result in an appeal.

“We are pleased that both the licensing board and the judges agreed that this was the correct outcome in this case. The community of this town can be assured that both the police and North Devon Council are listening and that community safety is a central and shared goal for us.”

The court found that the council acted reasonably in revoking the license and awarded the council full costs.

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