Police close bar in Loughton with immediate effect

By YA Reporter in Law

Police have issued a closure notice to Nu Bar in High Road, Loughton, effective immediately.

The bar had its licence suspended on Friday, February 10 pending a full hearing on Tuesday, March 7 following a suspected breach of its licence conditions.

Subsequently, the bar advertised a ‘bring a bottle’ event for tonight (Friday, February 17).

Following officer concerns around anti-social behaviour, authority to issue a closure notice was given under Section 76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

District Commander for Epping Forest, Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, said: “We have issued this closure notice because of the concerns around anti-social behaviour the advertised ‘bring a bottle’ event may cause.

“The bar has already had its licence suspended pending a full hearing following a suspected breach of the licence earlier this month.

“People in Loughton need to be able to enjoy an evening out free from the threat of violence and disorder.

“The vast majority of our pubs and clubs work very closely with us to keep their customers safe but we will take robust steps to enforce the law where we think that safety is at risk.”

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