Another Lincoln pub fell victim to the latest crackdown on licensing laws. Sippers Public House, on Melville Street, was temporarily shut down by Lincolnshire Police’s Licensing Department, on Thursday, May 20th.
While visiting the pub, officers became concerned regarding the lack of personal licence holders on the premises, and continual disregard of the conditions following no rectification of licence breaches from a previous visit.
A Section 19 Closure Notice was served to Sippers, preventing further sales of alcohol at the premises until the identified concerns have been rectified. Further investigation continues in relation to offences that have occurred at the premises.
Sippers is the latest in a string of Lincoln pubs to get a closure notice. Earlier this month, Riley’s Snooker Club, in Silver Street, suffered the same measures following reports of underage drinking on the premises of the bar. Locations like Essence and Quayside were in similar situations.
“Despite the recent press coverage in relation to the ongoing enforcement at Licensed Premises throughout Lincoln, it is clear that some operators are still not taking the opportunity of checking the conditions of their licence and abiding by them,” said Sergeant Watt, of the Licensing Department.
“We will continue to deal with these premises in a robust manner where it is deemed necessary,” Watt added. “If a premises licence holder is concerned they are unable to work legally within its current conditions they should seek advice from us or the local authority at the earliest opportunity.”