Gastropub in Kilburn banned from using glasses after 10pm at the weekend amid claims of violent fights
PUBLISHED: 11:26 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 29 April 2016
A gastropub in Kilburn has been banned from serving drinks in glasses at the weekend following claims that revellers used them as weapons during violent fights.
The Betsy Smith in Kilburn High Road, must use plastic cups from 10pm on a Friday and Saturday, following a review of its licence by Brent Council.
Police had requested the review after submitting a dossier that claimed in the last five years there had been a catalogue of violent incidents at the pub.
The report said on February 13 this year a man suffered a serious head injury after being glassed inside the pub.
It also claimed there had also been other criminal activities at the pub including a sexual assault and a mass brawl outside were drinkers grabbed glasses left on the bar to use as weapons.
Officers said in some violent incidents the suspects were allowed to leave without the police being called.
They had requested that Giovanni Laino, the pub’s designated premises supervisor (DPS), be removed from his role saying he had allowed the venue to be ‘poorly managed’.
Following the review, the pub has had a total of nine new restrictions placed on its licence including its opening hours cut on a Friday and Saturday from 3am, the removal of Mr Laino from his role and managers to be trained about their responsibilities.
In addition all staff, including management, will be trained about responsible alcohol sales after an officer claimed he witnessed a drunken woman being sold more booze.
Mr Laino told the Times: “Most of the problems with fights happened before I became the DPS in August last year.
“Since then there has only been one violent incident in February.
“I know the police are trying to prevent crime and I think our pub is one of the safest in Kilburn.”
All customers must also show ID with the pub storing the details for 31 days.
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