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Pub loses licence after Covid-19 breach

A pub has been stripped of its licence after breaching the lockdown by opening and serving alcohol to customers.

The Pendulum Pub located on Blaydon Road, Pendeford, Wolverhampton has been found to be ignoring the government’s Covid-19 restrictions to stem the spread of the potentially fatal disease.

A Coronavirus Restrictions Prohibition Notice was served on the designated premises supervisor after it emerged the pub was still trading.

Despite the supervisor’s unwillingness to supply CCTV when requested, we seized footage and secured further evidence of the rule breaking activities.

The city council licensing sub-committee suspended the licence last month ahead of a full review hearing today (20 May). The application for the revocation of the license was made by West Midland Police The pub’s licence has now been revoked.

The Pendulum Pub
Credit: Google street view

Sergeant Steph Reynolds, from Wolverhampton Police’s licensing team, said: "The closure of pubs was ordered by the government to limit social contact and help tackle a global, public health crisis.

"We’ve seen the devastating impact of Covid-19 and this was a blatant breach of the regulations. Commercial gain was put before reducing the spread of the virus and the welfare of the wider community.

"This is the first time we’ve secured a revocation of a licence for directly breaching the coronavirus regulations and failing to uphold the licensing objectives. This should serve as a stark warning that breaking the rules is not only irresponsible, but can cost you a business."

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