POLICE have criticised bosses of a pub in Hounslow West for applying to extend its opening hours less than two years after an axe attack there.
Managers of The Earl Haig, opposite Hounslow West Tube station in Bath Road, want to stay open an hour longer on Friday nights, until 1am.
They insist staff have worked hard with the police and council officers to address problems and create a 'safe and welcoming environment'.
But police chiefs claim there is still a 'significant amount of disorder, drugs, violence and drunkenness' at the pub, and that extending the hours would 'only make the situation worse'.
In a written objection to the bid for longer hours, licensing officer Lindsay Cornock highlighted more than 40 'incidents' at the pub between May 23, 2008 and December 1 last year. They range
from alleged breaches of licensing conditions to fights, thefts and drugs in the car park.
The most recent fight listed was outside the pub on November 1 last year when, according to police, a man's nose was broken after being hit by a pool ball in a sock.
The Earl Haig's hours were originally cut following a licensing review on May 13, 2008, just over a
month after a drinker was attacked with an axe in the pub's garden.
BA engineer Vincent Eggleston, of Great West Road, Hounslow, was jailed for eight years for the attack, which left Sohail Nawaz scarred for life.
Eggleston was found hanged in his prison cell last April, four months after being jailed.
PC Cornock's written objection states: "This application merely seeks to remove certain conditions from the premises' licence and extend the terminal hours back to the timings prior to the review."
It adds: "In my opinion this will be for the commercial benefit of the premises licence holder but will not be promoting the licensing objectives."
However, a spokesman for Punch Taverns, which owns the pub, said there had only been one 'security issue' at the pub in the last year where police when called. "The hearing on Wednesday is the result of just one objection and, indeed, local residents who are regulars at the pub are also rallying support as they object to the negative way in which their local is currently being portrayed."
The application was due to be heard at this week's meeting of the licensing panel.