Con­cerns raised by po­lice over city pub

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS - BY JON BRADY

A CITY cen­tre pub has es­caped pun­ish­ment for the time be­ing after po­lice shared con­cerns over sev­eral in­ci­dents at the venue in a short space of time.

Po­lice Scot­land had writ­ten to Dundee City Coun­cil after re­veal­ing it had been called out to a num­ber of in­ci­dents at the Bal­cony Bar on Ward Road be­tween Fe­bru­ary and April.

These in­cluded threats to staff, as­saults and dis­tur­bances.

The pub was also fac­ing sanc­tions from the li­cens­ing board after it emerged that premises li­cence holder Kirstyn Bruce had forged a staff mem­ber’s sig­na­ture after her own li­cence had ex­pired.

She had signed the name of the staff mem­ber – named in pro­ceed­ings as Ms Car­son – on paper­work for a new premises li­cence holder, when she should have signed it her­self as an agent, on be­half of the bar worker.

Of­fi­cers also found that a per­sonal li­cence holder was not al­ways on site after 1am dur­ing late night open­ings – a le­gal re­quire­ment for such premises.

Solic­i­tor Archie Mciver said Ms Bruce ac­cepted she had made a mis­take, and that “mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances” – in­clud­ing the death of her fa­ther – had tem­po­rar­ily af­fected her abil­ity to ef­fec­tively run the bar.

He also dis­puted po­lice con­cerns about the safety of cus­tomers ow­ing to re­peat call-outs and said mea­sures were in place to avoid fur­ther prob­lems, such as en­sur­ing per­sonal li­cence hold­ers are on shift from at least 10pm.

Mr Mciver said: “The first thing that is drilled into per­sonal li­cence hold­ers dur­ing train­ing is to get po­lice in­volved if some­thing is con­cern­ing them.

“We haven’t got a pat on the back for do­ing that. In­stead it is be­ing used against us, for do­ing some­thing that every li­cence holder is trained to do.

“These premises have been run by some­one with 29 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, four years of which at the Bal­cony Bar, and she has taken steps to en­sure these is­sues do not re­oc­cur.”

Li­cens­ing board con­vener Ste­wart Hunter chose to de­fer a de­ci­sion on whether to im­pose sanc­tions.

How­ever, he warned: “If there are still is­sues po­lice will have the power to take ac­tion as re­quired at a later stage.”

Bal­cony Bar

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