Two hurt by glass attack at seafront pub

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TWO people were struck by glass during a late night disturbance at a pub where police are objecting to any extension to its hours.

Police are seeking witnesses to the incident at the London Trader in East Parade around 10.30pm on Saturday October 5.

A 23-year-old local man and 46-year-old local were injured when glass was thrown about by people inside the pub.

The man received wrist injuries and the woman received wrist and hand injuries, for which they were both treated at the Conquest Hospital. The injured pair were socialising independently of one another in the pub at the time.

The suspects were described as a group of four men some of whom were topless and three women.

Sussex Police is also investigating another assault on a 29-year-old local woman outside the rear of the pub in the car park area at East Street, who was punched and kicked.

On Tuesday Hastings Borough Council’s licensing sub committee will hear an application from Steve Foot who wants to serve until 2.30am from Thursday to Saturday.

However Hastings Police district commander, chief inspector Paul Phelps objects to the application. He fears the door staff provision arrangements are not suitable and at venue where there is potential for crime and disorder to occur.

A letter to the borough’s licensing manager Bob Brown reads: “To ensure adequate door security are present 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after any event - this step only relates to events and does not take into account the extended hours requested particularly on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday where there is potential for crime and disorder to occur. Since October 2012, there have been no recorded incidents of crime and disorder at the premises. However Sussex Police contends that this is attributable to the reduction in hours, the use of door staff and the conditions imposed by the Licensing Authority at the Review Hearing. Sussex Police contend that given the history of the premises and the failure of the applicant previously to promote the licensing objectives, the management will not promote the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder.” Witnesses can call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1667 of 5/10 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.