Irish pub faces loss of alcohol licence following underage drinking

Find out which pub could lose its alcohol licence after underage drinking

Find out which pub could lose its alcohol licence after underage drinking

First published in News

An Irish pub faces having its licence suspended after serving under-age customers.

Management at Molly Malone’s have had review application papers served on them by Sussex Police after two 17-year-olds were served at the bar in West Street, Brighton.

The undercover police operation was carried out after concerns were raised with Sussex Police’s licensing officers, including the arrest of an underage customer in the bar just a week before.

The review accuses the premises’ licence holders, Brighton-based Indigo, of failing to protect children from harm and failing to prevent crime and disorder.

Indigo also owns 17 other leading pubs and bars in the city.

A boy and a girl, both aged 17, were allowed into the West Street pub at 20.40pm on Sunday, May 16 despite not having ID.

The bar runs a Challenge 21 policy requiring staff to ask for ID when customers look younger than 21.

When the door staff were told the girl did not have any ID, one member of staff is reported as saying: “‘Go on then, I’ll let you in this time.”

The teenage boy went in unchallenged without any request to see ID.

The operation follows recent incidents including a claim of sexual assault by a woman in the pub.

Police said they arrested a man but the case was dropped after management failed to hand over CCTV.

On Sunday, May 4, a group of underage drinkers were allowed into the pub.

Door staff explained to police that the teenager had been allowed in to use the toilet.

A week later, a 17-year-old youth was held by staff and arrested by police on suspicion of the theft of a handbag.

The licensees will now be called before a Brighton and Hove City Council licence hearing.

A member of staff at Molly Malone’s said the firm would not be commenting ahead of the review.

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1:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

Shocking place. Take away its licence.
Shocking place. Take away its licence. sussexram40
  • Score: 18

2:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

s&k says...

A classy place obviously.
A classy place obviously. s&k
  • Score: 9

2:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

CatoTheCat says...

Its about as Irish as Rolf Harris.
Its about as Irish as Rolf Harris. CatoTheCat
  • Score: 13

3:05pm Tue 8 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Is it an offence for a 17-year-old to enter a public house?

Surely, age only becomes an issue should that 17-year-old attempt to purchase alcohol?
Is it an offence for a 17-year-old to enter a public house? Surely, age only becomes an issue should that 17-year-old attempt to purchase alcohol? stevo!!
  • Score: 14

3:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

mrpurplestorm says...

stevo!! wrote:
Is it an offence for a 17-year-old to enter a public house?

Surely, age only becomes an issue should that 17-year-old attempt to purchase alcohol?
And who cares anyway? They'll be 18 in a matter of months. The police MUST have better things to spend their time and money on........
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: Is it an offence for a 17-year-old to enter a public house? Surely, age only becomes an issue should that 17-year-old attempt to purchase alcohol?[/p][/quote]And who cares anyway? They'll be 18 in a matter of months. The police MUST have better things to spend their time and money on........ mrpurplestorm
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

So we have anti-social behaviour by drug dealers in many parts of the city and when rung, the police don't have the resources to respond. Yet serve a 17 year old alcohol and all of a sudden the resources of the entire Sussex Police Force are made available. Wrong priorities Sussex Police !
So we have anti-social behaviour by drug dealers in many parts of the city and when rung, the police don't have the resources to respond. Yet serve a 17 year old alcohol and all of a sudden the resources of the entire Sussex Police Force are made available. Wrong priorities Sussex Police ! Fight_Back
  • Score: 14

4:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

You can;

Leave school,
Get married,
Have a family,
Join the army and go to war.

But you're still not old enough to have a drink!

The laws of this country amaze me.
You can; Leave school, Get married, Have a family, Join the army and go to war. But you're still not old enough to have a drink! The laws of this country amaze me. monkeymoo
  • Score: 8

4:57pm Tue 8 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

monkeymoo wrote:
You can;

Leave school,
Get married,
Have a family,
Join the army and go to war.

But you're still not old enough to have a drink!

The laws of this country amaze me.
Actually, a 16-year-old can legally drink alcohol in a bar as long as they don't buy it and a meal is involved.

I do agree that the law is an **** on this.
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: You can; Leave school, Get married, Have a family, Join the army and go to war. But you're still not old enough to have a drink! The laws of this country amaze me.[/p][/quote]Actually, a 16-year-old can legally drink alcohol in a bar as long as they don't buy it and a meal is involved. I do agree that the law is an **** on this. stevo!!
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

"The operation follows recent incidents including a claim of sexual assault by a woman in the pub"

Did anybody read this as the sexual assault was by a woman?

If so....lucky guy!
"The operation follows recent incidents including a claim of sexual assault by a woman in the pub" Did anybody read this as the sexual assault was by a woman? If so....lucky guy! NathanAdler
  • Score: -6

7:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

CatoTheCat wrote:
Its about as Irish as Rolf Harris.
Actually Rolf HAS got some Irish blood in him. He's certainly a good fiddler.
[quote][p][bold]CatoTheCat[/bold] wrote: Its about as Irish as Rolf Harris.[/p][/quote]Actually Rolf HAS got some Irish blood in him. He's certainly a good fiddler. Quiterie
  • Score: 6

11:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Vigilia says...

"Join the army and go to war."

Entirely false, you have to be over eighteen to be deployed to an operational theatre.
"Join the army and go to war." Entirely false, you have to be over eighteen to be deployed to an operational theatre. Vigilia
  • Score: 5

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