Biggin Hill pub to re-open after licensee is given final chance following drugs raid
PUBLISHED: 14:56 03 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:48 03 June 2013
A Biggin Hill pub marred by violent incidents including sledgehammer and crossbow attacks has retained its licence despite police concerns over drug dealing.
Officers raided The Black Horse pub in April, arresting four people for possession of Class A drugs - including a barmaid who worked at the pub, in Main Road.
The licence was suspended shortly after, and designated premises supervisor, Paul Brazier, was removed from the licence.
This was the second drugs raid in six months, with another in November last year resulting in three arrests for possession of cocaine.
At a full review last month, Bromley Council’s Licensing Sub Committee spent an entire day hearing evidence from police and members of the public before deciding to allow Mr Brazier to keep his licence.
However, there are conditions that must be met before the Black Horse can begin trading again.
These include installing CCTV to cover all external areas, enforcing a robust drugs policy alongside the police and council, and removing all horizontal surfaces from the toilets.
Committee chairman, cllr Tony Owen, said: “Having carefully considered the balance of the evidence, the committee has given Mr Brazier a last opportunity to prove himself. However, the pub will remain closed until the council and the police are satisfied that all the conditions imposed on the licence have been fully met.”