A pub where a street fight and an illegal birthday party took place has been able to keep its booze licence after staff reassured councillors the troublesome manager had been sacked.
Harrow Police originally asked Harrow Council to close the Lough Inn in Warwick Parade, Belmont Circle, because over a seven-month period there had been a number of incidents of 'serious disorder'.
These included heavily drunk or under-age customers being served, a bare knuckle fight and then a mass brawl taking place in an alley behind the venue and patrons being allowed to flout the smoking ban.
The authority's licensing panel reviewed the licence on Monday evening, and Harrow Police's licensing officer Sergeant Carl Davis elaborated on one particular misdemeanour.
He said the dedicated premises supervisor (DPS) during the problem period, James Kearney, had been refused a three-day temporary events notice for a 20th birthday party.
However, two officers turned up at the venue after hours on the same Saturday to discover the celebration had gone ahead anyway without permission.
Sgt Davis commented: "This was somebody asking if they could do something and being told they couldn't, and having it spelt out for them what would happen if they broke the law - and then still doing it."
Ken Macleay, solicitor for absentee pub owner Margaret Ronan, told the hearing Mr Kearney's employment had been terminated and a replacement DPS introduced.
He said: "The wrong people got into this pub. There's been an error of judgement in the management of her staff."
Having heard the evidence, Sgt Davis confirmed he would no longer be seeking revocation of the licence.
The three-strong licensing panel decided the Lough Inn could retain its licence, but imposed a number of conditions concerning security camera coverage and other restrictions.