Council cautions two premises for licensing breaches

Published on 11th November 2014

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Cheltenham Borough Council has issued two cautions to premises in Cheltenham for breaches in licensing regulations.

In the first of these, the proprietor of Roosters on the High Street was formally cautioned for trading beyond his licensed hours following complaints received by the council. The council’s investigation revealed that the proprietor traded past his permitted terminal hour on most days of the week staying open until as late as 5am.

In the second case, an employee of Lily Gins on Regent Street was formally cautioned following an incident whereby they poured alcohol directly into the mouth of another person. The incident, which is prohibited by the premises licence’s mandatory licence conditions, was reported to the council.

By accepting the cautions, both persons admitted guilt of offences under the Licensing Act 2003.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, Cabinet Member Development and Safety, said: “Cheltenham has a safe and well managed night time economy compared to other towns. 

“There has been a lot of hard work over the years by the council, the licensed trade and other partners to ensure the town is a safe and enjoyable night out.

“The council will not compromise on this and will deal with licensing breaches in the appropriate manner given the individual circumstances.”


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Simple cautions are non-statutory disposal for adult offenders aged 18 or over and designed to provide an alternative means for dealing with low-level, mainly first time offending when specified public interest and eligibility criteria are met.

It is an offence under section 136 of the Licensing Act 2003 for any person to undertake licensable activities without the required authorisation or otherwise than under and in accordance with an authorisation.

It is an offence under the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014 for a “responsible person” to dispense “…alcohol directly by one person into the mouth of another (other than where that other person is unable to drink without assistance by reason of disability).”