Councillor Patmore set out the procedure that the Sub-Committee
would adopt (in accordance with standard practice).
The Licensing Manager, Mr Brown, presented the report to
consider an application to review the Premises Licence as a result
of representations received from Sussex Police under the licensing
objectives "Prevention of crime and disorder" and “Public
the 18th December 2019 Hastings Borough Council received an
application for the review of an existing premises licence for
Flames Grill, 19 Havelock Road, Hastings, TN34 1BP, made under
Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003.
operator, Mr Caglar Kanik, currently holds a premises licence under
the Licensing Act 2003, which covers the use of the premises for
Late Night Refreshment. The application was considered in line with
Government guidance. The application from Sussex Police refers to
several incidents and requests revocation of the
Licensing Manager outlined the options available to the Committee
as set out in the report.
Michael Forster, legal representative for Sussex Police, outlined
the case for revocation of the licence.
Forster said that the application to review the licence was brought
forward following a series of serious violent incidents in or near
the premises, starting in March 2019 and continuing through to
September in the run up to the events of 15th November
2019. Mr Forster said that the incidents demonstrated a lack of
control over the premises by the licence holder.
a long period of time it has been apparent that the CCTV, which is
part of the licence conditions, has not been compliant and deletes
images after 7 days rather than 28. On occasions when the police
have been to the premises to access CCTV images for evidence they
haven’t been able to do so as it has been out of
These incidents culminated in a very serious episode on the
15th November 2019 when members of staff went out of the
shop armed with various offensive weapons, including knives,
following a group of aggressors. If any of the weapons had been
used to stab somebody this could have resulted in a fatality.
Sussex Police consider this such a serious matter that it should
result in the revocation of the licence.
Forster called Inspector Lovell to give evidence to the
Inspector Lovell confirmed that there were incidents back in
March and May last year where the CCTV was found to overwrite
itself after 7 days. The detail of what sparked the incident on
November 15th 2019 is still unclear due to the inability
to access the CCTV. The licence holder and staff had been advised
not to pursue people outside and to report incidents to the police.
He said that the seriousness of the incident means the police are
regrettably asking for revocation of the licence. Enhanced
conditions have been suggested in case the Committee is minded not
to revoke the licence.
There were no questions from the licence holder, Licensing
Manager or Committee members to the ...
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