Measures Agreed Following Negotiations at Bar Licensing Meeting

Head of Trinity's Licensing team, barrister Charles Holland acted for The Clock Tower in Stockton High Street in recent high profile negotiations with Cleveland Police following concerns over public order issues at the bar.

At a licensing meeting held at Stockton Town Hall on 28th January 2019, Charles was involved in negotiations between Cleveland Police and bar owner Andrew McAllister in a bid to find a pragmatic solution to the concerns of local residents, business owners and the police.

Following the discussions, both sides agreed to a range of risk reducing measures, including new alcohol pricing, formalised dress code, controls on the type of music to be played in the bar, more robust door-staffing measures and CCTV policies. Charles Holland argued that Mr McAllister had been "pro-active" in bringing in changes at the bar to reduce the risk of further public order offences.

Also from Trinity, James Kemp, barrister for Cleveland Police, said that they welcomed the "sea-change" at the bar, adding that more time was needed to see if the new measures would work. Councillors then agreed to back the proposed measures.

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