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Police call for removal of King’s Lynn publican’s licence

Gordon Haughey and wife Danute, pictured when they took on The Woolpack in December MLNF13AM12104

Gordon Haughey and wife Danute, pictured when they took on The Woolpack in December MLNF13AM12104

Police have applied for a Lynn publican’s licence to be revoked after attending eight incidents at his premises in less than three months.

Gordon Haughey and wife Danute revived The Woolpack on the corner of Gaywood Road and Tennyson Avenue when they took it on in December after a six-month closure.

But Norfolk Police has prompted West Norfolk Council to schedule a review of Mr Haughey’s licence.

A review application to the licensing committee said: “There is sufficient evidence to date to demonstrate police concerns that Haughey is a weak manager and has allowed his customers to take advantage of his weak attitude to management of licensed premises which in turn has often resulted in disorder and customers suffering from assault.

“By his own admission Haughey does drink whilst on duty when the premises is open for business, has often allowed customers to remain after licensing hours and has served them drink.”

The incidents spanned February 9 to April 21.

Two customers have written to the committee in support of Mr Haughey. Mr Haughey, an ex bakery manager, has also written to the committee, saying he has taken steps to improve.

He said: “I sincerely apologise for my lack of correct supervision. This is the first time I have run a pub and it has been a difficult learning curve. We do not want to lose the business.”

The committee meets to make its decision on Tuesday, July 8.

 

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