Magistrates issue Closure Order on Ellesmere Port licensed premises Date published: 19th August 2015 7.18am

Cheshire Police have used new powers from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to successfully apply for a closure order of a public house on Station Road, Ellesmere Port.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014 came into force in October 2014, and under the act officers are now able to apply for closure orders at premises where somebody is, or has been, causing distress or nuisance.

The initial closure notice for the Station Hotel, Ellesmere Port, was issued Thursday 13th August after a review of the premises revealed a high number of violent and drugs offences over the past 12 months. This led to a hearing a Chester Magistrates Court on Tuesday 18th August on the conclusion of which a Closure Order was made for a period of two months.

The court order means that no-one is allowed into the Station Hotel for a period of two months, and anyone who does enter is liable to arrest and up to six months′ prison, or a £5,000 fine, or both.

PC Graeme Morrison from Ellesmere Port LPU said: “I am pleased with the outcome of this case given the number of incidents that had taken place within this premises over recent months that were compromising the safety of the Town Centre.

“We are wholly committed to do all we can to make Ellesmere Port Town Centre a safe and vibrant place for people to enjoy. We will act robustly against those who commit acts of crime and antisocial behaviour and address premises that fail to fulfil their obligations under the Licensing Act.”

Over the next three months regular checks of the premises will be conducted to ensure the closure order is not breached.

PC Graeme Morrison added: “I urge anyone who is concerns about anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime in their local community to contact us on 101.”

Alternatively residents can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.