Delay on derby day pub times

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A DECISION on whether two pubs can sell alcohol in the morning of the derby clash has been delayed.

Sunderland City Council’s licensing sub-committee was due to announce yesterday whether Washington’s River Bar and Establishment, in Fatfield, would be granted a Temporary Event Notice (Ten) to sell booze on the morning of Sunday, October 21.

However, a third bar, the Colliery Tavern, in Southwick, is to have its Ten application heard by Sunderland Magistrates on October 5 and the committee has decided to wait for the outcome of that case.

The bars applied for the special licenses earlier this month but police say granting permission would undermine their strategy for maintaining order at the fixture they describe as “challenging”.

In her objection submitted to the committee, Sarah Howson of Northumbria Police said: “An earlier fixture enables the force to minimise unsavoury scenes of violence and disorder, which is desirable for all.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for Northumbria Police to minimise the drinking time available for supporters.”