Chapel St Leonards

A Chapel St Leonards Bar owner is awaiting the results of a review of its license after police said a “business meeting” breached COVID regulations.

Walter Sheeran, director of Teen Spirit Limited and premises licence holder at Miller’s Bar appeared before East Lindsey District Council’s licensing committee on Monday.

Lincolnshire Police said they had attended the bar after reports of loud music in December – during the time COVID-19 Tier 3 restrictions had closed all pubs.

Six people inside “all appeared to be in drink” and officers were told they were “at the premises for a business meeting where they had been discussing a shipment/order of stock due to arrive from China alongside COVID regulations.

However, when CCTV was later reviewed the group of five males and one female were seen drinking, getting a takeaway, drinking shots, watching football and dancing. Mr Sheeran was seen smoking in the bar area.

The meeting on Monday was held behind closed doors, however, statements from Lincolnshire Police said: “The activities seen to take place on reviewing the CCTV appear to portray something beyond what would be expected at a business meeting.

“Lincolnshire Police believe Millers Bar was used inappropriately […] and subsequently breached COVID legislation and The Health Act 2006.”

Officers said the incident showed a “clear lack of regard for the legislation” where other businesses had “chosen to be responsible” despite facing serious financial hardship.

They were “unable to offer any suitable conditions to prevent the breaches from reoccurring” and requested the licence to be revoked.

Mr Sheeran’s defence was given during the exempt part of the meeting after press and public were excluded.

Teen Spirit holds a number of licences within ELDC for sites in Skegness, Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards including alcohol premises, adult gaming centres, bingo halls, family entertainment centres and a zoo licence for an aquarium.

A large barrel of disinfectant has been washed up and spilled out on the shore of Chapel St Leonards beach, causing road closures and harm to wildlife.

Lincolnshire Police cordoned off the area surrounding Trunch Lane in the seaside village after a large tub of “unknown material” was spotted on Thursday.

East Lindsey District Council has now confirmed the tub is a 20-25 litre barrel of disinfectant that has washed up from the sea.

It has caused some damage and harm to wildlife such as seagulls and other marine life.

Trunch Lane remains closed, with police warning people to avoid the area until further notice.

No timescale can be put on when the barrel is expected to be cleared and the area to be safe again, but work is currently underway to remove the spill.

A man was clinging for his life to a capsized vessel near Chapel St Leonards on Sunday before being rescued by RNLI crews.

Both RNLI lifeboats from Skegness were called to the aid of a small inflatable capsized vessel at around 3.40pm on July 5. The lone crewman was in the water for around 45 minutes without a lifejacket.

Multiple 999 calls were received before the Skegness RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard rescue teams quickly arrived at the scene. The man managed to hold on to the vessel until the assistance of the inshore lifeboat arrived.

He didn’t suffer any injuries, but was checked over as he had been in the water for so long.

The man was then taken ashore into the care of the Skegness team from UK Coastguard.

The vessel was recovered and towed back to the safety of Skegness beach, where it was later collected.

The vessel was recovered by the Shannon class lifeboat and towed back to the safety of Skegness Beach. Photo: James Porter, RNLI Skegness

Craig Hopkins, Senior Helmsman for Skegness RNLI Lifeboat, said: “I cannot stress how important it is to wear a lifejacket when out at sea, a lifejacket cannot save your life if it’s left on the beach, on this occasion the gentleman was very lucky to be alive.

“For anyone who finds them self in trouble in the water, please remember that you should follow the RNLI’s lifesaving advice and ‘Float to Live’.”

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