Landlord gives up licence at troubled pub

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A PUB branded a ‘haven for drug dealers’ by nearby residents has closed its doors after the landlord surrendered his licence.

The decision was made by David Cascarino, of Bramley, Rotherham, who ran The Blue Bell Inn, on Main Street, Hackenthorpe, but was facing a review of his licence after police concerns about fighting, drug use and drunkenness.

The hearing was due to have taken place yesterday but a Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “The licence application for The Blue Bell Inn was surrendered so the meeting did not take place.”

A report to councillors included a dossier of evidence compiled by from South Yorkshire Police’s Liquor Licensing Department. A police log details around 50 incidents at the troubled boozer in the 12 months to April this year.

Among the most serious incidents at the pub, owned by Enterprise Inns, was a 20-man brawl on April 17 this year, in which one man was left knocked out and suffered a small bleed inside his skull.

Officers received a tip-off in May last year about people in the pub ‘talking openly about whose credit cards they use to cut up cocaine’ and that the drug was ‘lined up ready to use in the toilets’.

Police said they raised concerns with management of the pub but that the problems continued.

Meanwhile, councillors have granted a licence for a karaoke bar on Attercliffe Road, Attercliffe, after it was agreed to restrict the hours to close at midnight Sundays to Thursdays and 2am Fridays and Saturdays, instead of 2.30am and 4am. Several conditions have been imposed.