Row over venue licensing

A row has blown up over police attempts to crack down on licensing arrangements at an Ingoldmells pub.

Joe’s Beach Bar became the focus of controversy last August when it staged a three-day “monster Ibiza party.”

According to the police, there were incidents of assault and disorder, and some of the entertainment - which included fire-eating and circus acts as well as rave music - took place outside the hours permitted by its licence.

Inspector Terry Ball referred to “flagrant disregard” for safety issues and described the event as “poorly run and managed”.

Police also claimed some of the marshals booked for the event had been “wholly unsuitable” because they were “miscreants” who had been banned from certain Skegness pubs for assaulting staff.

A licensing sub-committee hearing called to review the premises licence was held last Tuesday, December 18.

But just as matters were about to proceed, police licensing officer Insp Rod Rose unexpectedly called for the hearing to be adjourned because of the absence of the eighth member of the police team - their barrister.

Licensee Simon Adderley challenged the request, stating that he wanted the matter settled before the New Year - not least because he needed to book acts for summer 2013 while they are still available.

He said: “I don’t want this matter hanging over Christmas - the effect on my business is potentially corrosive. The police have made all the running - they have called for this review and brought with them a full team of officers, all of whom, I am sure, are well versed in legal matters.

“I think the hearing should proceed because I am confident of the strength of my case.”

The sub-committee adjourned until January 4.