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Pub forced to shut in action under new law

20 January 2010

A Glasgow public house has become perhaps the first venue to suffer temporary loss of its licence under the Licensing Act that came into force in the autumn, acording to today's Herald.

The Sports Cafe in Sauchiehall Street had its licence revoked for a two week period by the city's licensing board yesterday because of a fight last October involving about a dozen men, two of whom were seriously injured in the brawl in which pool cues and glasses were used as weapons.

Action can now be taken quickly by the police or licensing board where there is concern over the way premises are being run. Under the former three-year licensing cycle most concerns could only be raised when a licence fell due for renewal.

Yesterday's board meeting also imposed a midnight closure on playing pool, required toughened glass or plastic drinking glasses to be used at all times and demanded improved stewarding.

Stephen Dornan, chairman of the board, said it would use the powers at its disposal to maintain the city's reputation as a fun and safe place for patrons of licensed premises.

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