Lincoln Status bar opening times reduced to prevent crime

The Status bar on Silver Street in Lincoln will be forced to reduce its opening hours and modify the way it operates after crimes linked to the venue sparked a review of its licence.

Police identified serious concerns over reported crimes and incidents surrounding the bar, which were undermining the licensing objectives for the prevention of crime and disorder.

As previously reported, since the venue relaunched in September 2014 police said they saw a rise of more than 300% in the number of incidents reported to them up until the end of the year.

Police added that the venue changed hands six times between April 2014 and January 2015, and cited poor management, overcrowding and concerns with door supervision.

Despite initial intervention from local police officers and the Police Licensing Department, which involved advice, education and negotiation, the concerns remained; the decision was then taken to seek the review.

A three-day licensing hearing was conducted at Lincoln City Council following an application from Lincolnshire Police, promoting public safety.

The council’s Licensing Committee heard evidence from both the police and the premises operator on Monday, March 23.

The committee decided to modify the operating conditions on the licence, including door supervision, and reduce the operating times for licensable activities at the venue to 3am (from 4am).

This measures become effective pending any appeal from the operator to the Magistrates Court.

Sergeant Kimble Enderby from Lincolnshire Police Licensing Department said: “Whilst I am disappointed that it was necessary to seek a review, I am pleased that the committee have diligently considered the evidence from all the parties at the hearing and found that action was required in this case.

“It is the duty and responsibility of all operators of licensed premises to promote the licensing objectives and Lincolnshire Police are determined to ensure that this is the case.

“Our policy is to intervene at the earliest opportunity to try to remedy the concerns with the co-operation of the operator without the need for more formal action.

“People should be able to enjoy the city night time economy in a safe environment without fear of witnessing or being subject to incidents of crime or disorder.”

Police Inspector Pat Coates added: “As the Inspector responsible for managing the centre of Lincoln I want to promote a safe, well managed and vibrant night time economy.

“Whilst it is disappointing we had to raise our concerns about crime and disorder and public safety in a review hearing we are pleased that the licensing committee listened to our concerns and have put measures in place that will promote the licensing objectives.”