The licence for the Royal Mortar pub, Military Road, has been suspended today (Tuesday, 14 December) by Colchester Borough Council, following an emergency meeting of its Licensing Sub Committee.
The decision follows police action relating to the premises as part of an investigation into drug-driven violence in the town.
It means that the pub can remain open but not serve alcoholic drinks. A full hearing before the Licensing Sub Committee will take place in mid-January to consider next steps.
Councillor Darius Laws, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Business & Heritage, said: “We have taken swift and decisive action, based on the evidence shown to us today by the police regarding the alleged illegal activity that had been potentially going on at the Royal Mortar pub.
“Due to the seriousness of the investigation, we convened a meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee to look at what steps we could take. As with the Leather Bottle last week, we cannot condone the kind of activities that appear to have taken place and have taken strong but appropriate steps while we look fully at all the information and make a decision on the long-term licence.”
Councillor Beverley Oxford, Portfolio Holder for Communities, added: “The action taken by the police and our Licencing Sub-Committee again today shows the ongoing commitment we have to protecting those looking for an enjoyable time out. We will continue to take action against those who potentially seek to undermine it.”
A date for the licensing review at the licensing committee will be set shortly.