News Archive

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Stop Press -Assaults on pub staff to be an aggravating factor

Assaults on people working in the pub and hospitality sector On 13 January 2011 the Parliamentary Justice Committee published its response to the Sentencing Councils public consultation on assault guidelines. Sir Alan Beith MP Chair of the Justice Committee wrote to Lord Justice Leveson Chairman of the Sentencing Council and the letter contained the following […]

Clarification of Licensing Act Powers

A recent judical decision in the high Court has clarified the powers of a Police officer to use force to support a licensee to eject someone from licensed premises. Semple v. Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court [2009] QBD. Police powers to use force to in assist in removal of person drunk and disorderly from […]

Haverhill Pubwatch wins Judicial Review

The application for judicial review was brought by Haverhill builder, Francis Boyle, following a decision taken by the participants of the Haverhill pubwatch scheme to extend by two years a ban imposed on him from all licensed premises taking part in the scheme. His Honour Judge Mackie QC noted that the responsible operators of licensed […]

‘Court not Caution’

  The National Pubwatch ‘Court Not Caution’ campaign is a response to the continuing trend for assaults on staff working in Pubs, bars, shops and other licensed premises to be dealt with by way of Police Caution or Fixed Penalty Ticket.   We do not know if this trend is driven by local practices or […]