Report claims kids got legless in a Seaham cricket club’s bar

Seaham Park Cricket Clubhouse, in Seaham Town Park.
Seaham Park Cricket Clubhouse, in Seaham Town Park.
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A CRICKET club bar – branded a “youth club that sold alcohol” – could be given another chance.

A licensing sub-committee report claimed some adults at Seaham Park Cricket Club were so drunk they could hardly stand when police arrived, while up to 40 youths partied in the bar buying pints of lager, snakebite and alcopops unchallenged.

Police originally urged council bosses to withdraw the club’s alcohol licence after a catalogue of complaints.

But just days before a meeting over the future of the licence, force solicitors have come up with a package of conditions to allow it to carry on, after mediation with club bosses.

They include suspending the licence for three months, and a series of rules regarding for licence holders, training and notices.

The club’s solicitor has supported the drafted conditions.

A police report into the club revealed teenagers taking in their own alcohol as well as buying at the bar; schoolchildren taken home by police because they were drunk; and youths vomiting outside homes and damaging cars

In a letter to Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, the parent of a boy who trained with the cricket club said they were “absolutely gobsmacked” after visiting on a Friday night.

They added it was best described as a “youth club that sold alcohol”.

Seaham Town Council, which runs the park, said it cannot tolerate illegal activity, and has the club’s assurances it will put in measures to check customers’ ID.

The club has not returned calls from the Echo.

The Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee will consider the issue on Wednesday.

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