White Horse pub in Old Harlow stripped of licence

A PUB in Harlow has had its licence revoked following concerns about its links to alleged drug activity.

The White Horse in Old Road was one of 18 addresses in Harlow that were raided on Thursday 8 October.

The operation resulted in 19 arrests. Seven people have so far been charged with drugs-related offences.

Essex Police’s licensing team applied to Harlow Council for a summary review of the pub’s premises licence. The council’s licensing sub-committee suspended The White Horse’s licence on Tuesday 13 October and removed the designated premises supervisor from the licence.

A full review hearing took place on 4 November, where the sub-committee revoked the premises licence, after considering the evidence put before them.

This included representations from Essex Police and the premises licence holder.

Councillor Shannon Jezzard, chair of Harlow Council’s Licensing Committee, said: “Due to the seriousness of the investigation, a sub-committee moved quickly to remove the designated premises supervisor and suspend the premises licence until a full hearing could be held.

“That hearing has now taken place and the sub-committee supported the police’s application and revoked the premises licence.

“We will continue to work in partnership with Essex Police to prevent crime and disorder associated with any licensed premises in our town.”

Essex Police licensing officer Ronan McManus said: “The police investigation has shown evidence the pub is linked to potential criminal activity, for which a number of people have been charged with offences, or remain on bail while we continue our enquiries.

“License holders have a responsibility to ensure their premises meet the licensing objectives, which includes the prevention of crime and disorder.

“It’s for this reason that we applied to Harlow Council for a review of The White Horse’s alcohol licence.

“Keeping people safe and tackling crime remain our paramount priorities and we’d like to thank councillors for their support in this matter.”

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