Police meet pub owners in bid to beat troublemakers

Oddfellows Arms, Church Street, Seaham
Oddfellows Arms, Church Street, Seaham
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OWNERS of a high street pub are to meet police to discuss measures to deal with troublemakers as it tries to extend its hours.

Licensing officers with Durham Constabulary object to the application by the owners of the Oddfellows Arms in Church Street, Seaham.

But ahead of a meeting to decide the outcome, officers will meet GRS Pub Investments in the hope a compromise can be reached.

The objection states: “We have had reports of the customers being heavily intoxicated, alcohol-fuelled assaults, drunkenness and aggressive behaviour and, over the Christmas period, excessive noise emanating from the premises, causing a disturbance to residents.”

The pub currently opens from 11am to 11.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and 11am to 1am on Friday to Sunday. The application is to extend opening to 9am to 1am each day, with alcohol to be sold from 9am until 12.30am.

Sergeant Tim Robson said the landlady has a good relationship with officers.

He added: “Any application we receive is judged on its own merits, and in this instance we felt there is a combination of measures which would benefit the area of Seaham.

“If they want them to be put in place, that will form part of the mediation which will be held this week.”

If the police and pub come to an agreement, the decision on the application will still fall to Durham County Council’s statutory sub-licensing committee, which meets on Tuesday

A spokesman for the pub firm said disorder had been linked to a nearby takeaway rather than the bar, and added that it would work through any issues with the police.