Lincoln pub shut down over ‘fights and drug-taking’

A popular Lincoln pub has been closed after reportedly failing to tackle fights and drug-taking at the venue.

The Lincoln Imp, just off Riseholme Road, had only been open under new ownership for the past few months, after former owner called last orders last year.

Locals started to complain about how the pub was being run and police saw a rise in incidents linked to The Lincoln Imp.

Officers set up an urgent meeting with the pub’s licence holders the EI Group on October 17 and soon after they decided to close it down.

Lincolnshire Police found that the CCTV was not fully working, staff were not trained, they had no drugs policy and they failed to record incidents.

They also swabbed the premises and found that drugs were being taken in public areas of the pub.

When officers got the CCTV working they discovered that punters had been fighting the night before the meeting.

The Lincolnite tried several times to reach out to the pub for a comment but has heard nothing back at the time of writing.

Seargent Kim Enderby, alcohol licensing manager, said: “It became obvious that the premises were operating in breach of a number of the conditions on their premises licence.

“We believe this is only a temporary closure until a new management team is in place.”