Havelock landlord loses licence for four months

Stephen Goodfellow
Stephen Goodfellow

A PUB landlord who was chairman of a scheme designed to make Hastings safer for revellers has been stripped of his licence for four months.

Stephen Goodfellow, 54, of The Havelock, was fined £1,000 by the town’s magistrates when he appeared in court on Thursday, June 2, charged with eight counts of carrying on an unauthorised licensable activity at the pub dating back to last November.

These were four counts of supplying alcohol otherwise than in accordance with his licence, three charges of playing music contrary to the licence terms and one count of opening outside the permitted hours of 9am to 1am.

Goodfellow, of Bexhill Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to two of the alcohol charges and the other six were dropped.

Last Thursday’s court case follows an earlier hearing in April when, after an eight-and-a-half-hour meeting, the council’s licensing committee decided to strip Goodfellow of his licence.

The April meeting heard details from the police about 18 incidents linked to The Havelock last year.

These included one woman glassing another and Goodfellow himself being stabbed with a pair of scissors.

The pub has since closed.

Goodfellow, who built up the Bar Watch scheme, took over as its chairman in July 2009 and increased membership from four members to 69.

At the court hearing he was also ordered to pay £350 costs.