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Drugs operation at Southend boozer could spell end
5:00pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in News
A PUB could be forced to close after a police drugs operation.
Southend Council is to review the licence of the Old Hat, in Alexandra Street, Southend, after it was searched for illegal substances.
Councillors have the power to revoke the licence or impose tougher conditions.
Police called the review after a search of the pub led to the arrest of a man at the pub on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply. Sgt Danny Barnes, of the police licensing department, said the review was based on a police visit to the club with a drugs dog on August 31.
He said: “While officers were speaking to the door staff outside, a member of staff, who later identified himself as the manager, alerted each table seated with customers that the police were about to enter.
“He also went out the back and alerted customers outside. One customer who was alerted made an immediate exit through the fire doors.”
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