Fine for landlord of trouble-hit pub

The Norman pub, Queen Elizabeth Dv, Normanton
The Norman pub, Queen Elizabeth Dv, Normanton

A LANDLORD at a trouble-hit pub has been fined £1,500 for a series of licensing breaches involving under age drinking and fire safety issues.

City magistrates heard how The Norman, on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Normanton, had its fire doors padlocked and up to 20 under-age drinkers during a police raid last July.

Defending John Wood said licensee Wayne Joy, 28, had so much trouble with the pub that he handed in his notice and wished his successor well.

Mr Wood said: “He has lived in Normanton for a significant period of time and was aware of The Norman Pub and was aware of the certain reputation it had attracted prior to him becoming involved in it.

“They often say hindsight is a wonderful thing, but with the benefit of hindsight he would not have touched this pub with a bargepole.”

The court heard children tended to congregate around the pub.

Some as young as 11 had been trespassing on the roof. The fire doors were locked to try to stop intruders coming in at night but should have been open during licensing hours.

During the July visit the windows were open when loud music was being played.

Prosecutor Carol English said police and licensing officers first called at the pub on March 24 when there were problems with checking the correct licence.

Joy, of Snydale Grove, Normanton, admitted five breaches of the Licensing Act. The court heard Joy had six pubs in his management portfolio but the only trouble was at The Norman.

Magistrates ordered Joy to pay £830 court costs and the £15 victim surcharge.

Hazel Chowcat, passing sentence, said: “The windows, the children, the locked fire doors, the fire alarm testing - all these issues are very, very serious, but particularly the fact there were so many children on the premises drinking under age.”