Sherburn pub put in special measures after incidents

A Sherburn in Elmet pub has had strict rules imposed on it after a series of incidents.

The special measures, including restricted drinking outdoors and bouncers, were introduced at a special hearing of Selby District Council’s Licensing Committee on The Swan on Low Street.

A spokesman for the council said the meeting had been called in response to concerns raised by the police.

“The Swan pub on Low Street, Sherburn had been the centre of a series of incidents, culminating in an underage drinker ‘glassing’ another customer.

“Other incidents reported at the pub included numerous reports of under-age drinking, antisocial behaviour of customers drinking outside the pub, assaults, large-scale disturbances and operating outside licensed hours.

The company that owns The Swan had already removed the landlord from the site prior to the Licensing Committee hearing, but the committee itself also removed former landlord, Mr Michael Lavin, as the designated premises supervisor.

Other conditions imposed by the Licensing Committee include - installation of colour CCTV cameras which are fully checked and maintained; restricting drinking outside to the rear garden with new fences installed and access limited; new door supervisors for busy times, as determined by the committee; documented staff training; a direct telephone number for the duty manager to be given to local residents on request; and full details of the sanctions to be prominently displayed on site.

Following the hearing, Police Inspector Richard Abbott of the Selby Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing team said: “It is satisfying to see the owners work with the police and licensing authority to bring about a safer and more pleasant location in which villagers can spend time.”