Durham’s ‘worst-run’ club loses licence

The Boxers pub, Crossgate, Durham.
The Boxers pub, Crossgate, Durham.
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A DURHAM City bar lost its licence after police recorded dozens of incidents of loutish behaviour by customers and staff.

Durham County Council’s licensing committee was shown CCTV footage of staff simulating sex acts with customers on the pool table of Boxers in Crossgate, Durham City.

The meeting in the council chamber at Spennymoor saw footage of three customers at a table openly taking cocaine, and a bouncer throwing a bottle at a man he had just ejected.

“This was about the worst-run premises Durham Police has come across,” Sergeant Tim Robson told the meeting.

“On another occasion a person of trans-gender was assaulted twice by another customer.

“You might expect the management to eject the man throwing the punches, but they ejected the victim instead.

“The type of behaviour we found both inside and outside Boxers is not what I, and I expect many others, want to see in Durham City.”

The meeting heard Boxers is owned by Pemberstone Properties of Worcester, who leased it to a local company which ran the bar.

David Clark from Pemberstone said: “We were shocked and appalled when we learned of the extent of what had been going on.

“As holders of the premises licence we are ultimately responsible, but we feel we have been the victims of a rogue tenant.

“Despite doing due diligence, they never paid us any rent and we had to take bailiff action against them.

“The premises has been closed since November, but it will be much harder to let again if we cannot offer it with a premises licence.”

Revoking the licence, committee chairman Councillor Colin Carr said: “It is clear Boxers was run with almost no regard to the licensing conditions.

“The committee feels we have heard little today to reassure us this could not happen again.

“Accordingly, the licence is revoked.”

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