Kilburn snooker club banned from selling booze

Camden Council ban Poolcrest Snooker Club from selling alcohol after cannabis found on premises

A snooker club in Kilburn where police seized drugs and cash during a raid has been permanently banned from selling alcohol.

More than 100 bags of cannabis and �1,000 worth of cash were found in the Poolcrest Snooker Club in Kilburn High Road in the police raid.

Seven men were arrested and two were given cannabis warnings following the discovery last month which formed part of Operation Hawk, an operation across the capital aimed at tackling drug dealers.

Its licence was temporarily revoked for 28 days in November by Camden Council’s licensing committee and the committee decided to strip it permanently following a meeting last night (Wednesday).

Cllr Maryam Eslamdoust, a Kilburn ward councillor and chair of the licensing committee said evidence was “overwhelming” that drug dealing had been taking place.

She said: “The council just can’t tolerate drug dealing taking place in licensed premises.

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“To allow a license to continue after this type of thing has been found would be letting down both residents and our many legitimate licensed venues.”

She added: “We hope that this revocation will strike a blow against drug dealing in Kilburn and Camden more widely.

“The panel were conscious that removing the license will not on its own wipe out illicit activity and it is now for the police to use their wider powers to prevent problems re-occurring at this location.”