Pub warned to call time on trouble after violent incidents

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LAST orders are being called an hour earlier at a pub in Bishopbriggs following a spate of violent incidents.

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Licensing Board had previously agreed to allow the Rat and Parrot pub, in Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs, to stay open until 1am on Saturday mornings for a trial period of six months.

Licensing board members met recently to decide whether the scheme had been a success and, on the advice of police and council officers, voted unanimously to end the late licence.

Chief Inspector Kenny Quigley told councillors that there had been 12 separate police incidents at the pub between August 11, 2011, and January 20, 2012.

A total of seven of these incidents had taken place in the early hours of Saturday morning - when, were it not for the late licence, the bar would have been closed.

They included several fights outside the premises, one where a man was alleged to have been carrying a knife.

Police were also called out to an incident were two men had to be thrown out of the bar at 12.25am on Saturday, October 15, and to detain a man for vandalising the pub toilets on Saturday, November 26.

Speaking on behalf of the Chief Constable at the hearing, Chief Inspector Quigley said: “The trial period granted for this variation by the board had shown that alcohol fuelled violence had significantly increased and that the management of the premises had failed to demonstrate that they could operate the premises in a satisfactory manner.”

Licensing standards officer Neil Miller told councillors that the licence holders had failed to inform him of the police incidents - despite previously agreeing to do so.

The licensing board’s decision has the backing of Bishopbriggs Community Council.

Urban Pub Company, who own the Rat and Parrot, declined to comment.

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