Supervisor removed and new rules imposed on pub called 'the worst in Pembrokeshire'

5:30pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

The supervisor of a pub that police labelled the “worst in Pembrokeshire” will be removed and the venue’s licensing conditions have been changed, following a decision by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.

Dyfed-Powys Police called for the licence held by The Alma Hotel, Milford Haven, to be revoked.

In the last 12 months, 27 arrests and 34 emergency calls were linked to the pub. One incident required the attendance of 12 police vehicles.

Last week, the committee heard evidence before retiring to consider its verdict.

Sergeant James, a police officer of 26 years, said he feared “lives would be lost” if the situation at the Alma remained unchanged.

Chief Inspector Angela Reed said: “Of all the pubs in the county, without exception, the Alma is the worst one.”

The Priory Street pub’s licence is held by Cardiff-based brewer S.A. Brain and Company. The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is Debbie Haughey.

Licensing Officer Nigel Hayes said the Alma had a reputation for violent offences, drugs, loud music and under-age drinking, and Ms Haughey had a habit of not co-operating with police.

The committee has called for the removal of Ms Haughey. Changes made to the Alma’s licence include an 11.30pm closing time, and the implementation of a “Challenge 25” policy (anyone appearing to be below 25 is asked for ID).

The committee stipulated that the new DPS must cooperate with the Licensing Authority and police, participate in schemes such as Pubwatch and keep an up-to-date incidents and issues book available on request.

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