Crayford pub plagued with drugs and fights handed second chance

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A TROUBLESOME Crayford pub plagued with drugs and fights has been handed a second chance after trading standards applied to have its license revoked.

The Duke of Wellington pub, in London Road, was also found to stay open until 4am one Sunday morning when it was due to shut at midnight.

Although the pub has broken several licensing conditions, Bexley councillors sitting on the licensing sub-committee decided the arrival of an experienced premises supervisor could save it from an alcohol ban.

The pub first appeared on the police radar last year when they received a complaint it was still open four hours after closing time.

On May 13 this year, police found two people had been injured by glass when they were called to a fight at 12:45am, 45-minutes after the pub was due to shut.

A visit by police and the licensing agency on September 28 found “people screaming and shouting” and at least 15 revellers in the pub garden drinking and “behaving in a noisy boisterous fashion.”

In the decision notice, councillors who debated the decision explained: “Class A drugs were found on one of the persons in the garden as well as several small empty bags commonly associated with cocaine.

“Empty nitrous oxide canisters were also found in the garden.

“The premises supervisor’s attitude to the fact members of the public were in the pub garden making noise was deplorable. He was, at the very least, condoning an environment where persons could behave in an unacceptable manner.”

The committee concluded behaviour at the pub has improved in the past seven weeks and a new experienced premises supervisor was appointed three weeks ago.

In a list of 20 conditions imposed by councillors, it was stated a CCTV system must operate inside and outside the pub and no alcohol can be served unless this is functional.

The premises license holder must also hold a meeting with nearby homeowners every six months and no alcohol can be served unless both the premises supervisor and personal licence holder are on duty.

The pub offered no comment following the decision.

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2:35pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

I've often passed this boozer and wondered what it was like inside. It simply reeks of chavs and their chavettes, what with its garish boards advertising what's on at 'The Wellie' and signs extolling the virtues of its beer garden.

It's now blatantly obvious what goes on in this dump: abuse of the licensing laws, fighting and drug dealing.

Do yourselves a favour and give this dive a miss. I'm just glad I've never bothered to pay it a visit and spend good money surrounded by the sort of scumbags that frequent this troublesome boil on the bottom of Crayford.
I've often passed this boozer and wondered what it was like inside. It simply reeks of chavs and their chavettes, what with its garish boards advertising what's on at 'The Wellie' and signs extolling the virtues of its beer garden. It's now blatantly obvious what goes on in this dump: abuse of the licensing laws, fighting and drug dealing. Do yourselves a favour and give this dive a miss. I'm just glad I've never bothered to pay it a visit and spend good money surrounded by the sort of scumbags that frequent this troublesome boil on the bottom of Crayford. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott

3:33pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Incidentally, if you see a banner on the side of a pub advertising SkySports, do a Dionne Warwick and walk on by.
Incidentally, if you see a banner on the side of a pub advertising SkySports, do a Dionne Warwick and walk on by. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott

5:33pm Tue 4 Dec 12

PaulErith says...

Went there twice and seemed friendly. Must have just got lucky both times!
Went there twice and seemed friendly. Must have just got lucky both times! PaulErith

5:36pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

PaulErith wrote:
Went there twice and seemed friendly. Must have just got lucky both times!
It might be more of the case that you live in Erith and are used to far worse.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: Went there twice and seemed friendly. Must have just got lucky both times![/p][/quote]It might be more of the case that you live in Erith and are used to far worse. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott

10:43am Wed 5 Dec 12

PaulErith says...

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott wrote:
PaulErith wrote: Went there twice and seemed friendly. Must have just got lucky both times!
It might be more of the case that you live in Erith and are used to far worse.
No, never drink in Erith. Genuinely the last time I went in there was to see Charlton game just before nee year. Nowhere else showing it. Went on my own and had a good laugh with quite a few people in there.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: Went there twice and seemed friendly. Must have just got lucky both times![/p][/quote]It might be more of the case that you live in Erith and are used to far worse.[/p][/quote]No, never drink in Erith. Genuinely the last time I went in there was to see Charlton game just before nee year. Nowhere else showing it. Went on my own and had a good laugh with quite a few people in there. PaulErith

9:07am Thu 6 Dec 12

Teaspoon says...

Very surprised actually. Have been here with friends several times to see the entertainment and it seemed like a very busy, friendly pub with no sign of trouble or bad atmosphere.
Very surprised actually. Have been here with friends several times to see the entertainment and it seemed like a very busy, friendly pub with no sign of trouble or bad atmosphere. Teaspoon

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