King’s Lynn club boss can keep hold of drink licence

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Work to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime saved a nightclub manager’s career from ruins after she was caught drink-driving on her way home from work.

Clare Taylor faced being stripped of her personal alcohol licence, and consequently her position at Chicago’s in Lynn, when she appeared before magistrates on Friday for drink-driving.

But the court decided not to suspend her licence after being told how she has helped cut crime.

Taylor, 33, of Elvington, Springwood Estate, Gaywood, was caught drink-driving in Tennyson Avenue at 4.35am on September 14. A breath test later revealed 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said under the Licensing Act, a personal licence may be forfeited or suspended for up to six months if its holder is convicted of a relevant offence.

Chris Brown, defending, said Taylor would not be able to be the designated premises supervisor for Chicago’s if she lost her personal licence.

He said: “When she arrived at Chicago’s as manager in February 2013 she inherited an area of Lynn known to have its difficulties with drinking problems and one of her remits was to tackle this.”

He said she had the idea for her door staff to become street marshalls; not only looking after Chicago’s but the area of Norfolk Street outside as well.

“Since that was initiated there has been a 30 per cent reduction in alcohol-related problems in the street, and in the club there have been no significant incidents,” he said.

Magistrates told Taylor they would leave her licence intact, but banned her from driving for 12 months, fined her £500 and ordered her to pay £135 in court costs.