Police raise "serious concerns" over management of Llandudno bar


Staff reporter (NW Pioneer)

AN IRISH bar in Llandudno is to have its licence reviewed after police officers raised “serious concerns” over its management. 

North Wales Police applied for a review of the premises licence of Cooneys Irish Bar, in Mostyn Street, after raising a number of concerns such as the overall management of the premises, drunk people not being challenged at the door and behavior of management and staff - including an incident in which a DJ allegedly played the Peppa Pig theme tune and made pig noises during a police visit to the bar. 

In the review application, Inspector Emma Naughton requests that the licence, which allows the bar to provide facilties and music, as well as the sale of alcohol, from 10am until midnight on a Sunday to Thursday and 10am until 1.30am on a Friday and Saturday, be revised to permit licensed activities up until 11pm Monday to Sunday. 

Inspector Naughton said: “North Wales Police have serious concerns with regards to the overall management and control of the premises. 

“The designate premises supervisor has not presented themselves at times when the police have attended the premises. 

“Drunk people are not being challenged on entry and customers are being allowed to get drunk. 

“The premises are failing to abide by their premises licence despite previous meetings to discuss concerns. 

“It is also the opinion of North Wales Police that staff are being allowed to drink and get drunk whilst on duty.” 

In addition to a change in the operating times, Inspector Naughton has requested that when door supervisors are required that they are from an SIA acredited security company and that Joanne Cooney be removed as the premises DPS (designated premises supervisor). 

The review of Cooney’s Irish Bar’s licence will take place during a meeting of Conwy County Borough Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee on Wednesday, December 9.

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