Pub landlord in court as police ask for licence review

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THE FUTURE of a popular town centre pub could be cast into doubt as police have applied for the landlord’s licence to be reviewed.

Officers say there are too many crimes and instances of anti-social behaviour linked to The Havelock, Havelock Road, and are asking Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to reconsider the pub’s position.

Landlord Stephen Goodfellow, 54, who is the chairman of the town’s Bar Watch scheme, has also been charged with eight separate counts of breaching his licence.

He appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he denied all the charges, which include serving alcohol after hours and playing music when he was not allowed to.

Mr Goodfellow, of Bexhill Road, St Leonards, was due to face a HBC licensing committee hearing yesterday, but the police requested that it be adjourned as they needed more time to consider submissions made by Mr Goodfellow’s solicitor - former MP Michael Foster.

The council’s environmental protection officer is backing the police’s call for a review of The Havelock’s licence, citing rules relating to “The Prevention of Crime and Disorder” and “The Prevention of Public Nuisance” in their documents, while East Sussex Fire and Rescue have also complained about a failure to carry out fire safety work at the venue.

But the council has received what it calls “ a series of letters of support” for Mr Goodfellow, and a Facebook campaign has been set up to back his cause.

No date has yet been set for the new council hearing, but Mr Goodfellow will return to court on June 2 to stand trial over the alleged licence breaches.