Top cop calls for probe into pub licence

Newtown bar in Bo'ness
Newtown bar in Bo'ness
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A Bo’ness pub is having its 
licence reviewed after an 
objection by police.

The Chief Constable of Police Scotland called on Falkirk Licensing Board to review the licence for the Newtown Bar on the town’s Linlithgow Road, citing an ‘‘incident of disorder’’ there in October. Police say there was a large-scale distburbance, with arrests made.

Board members this week postponed a decision until another meeting to 
allow them to visit the pub, which has been closed for some time. It is currently for sale.

A spokesman for Falkirk Council said: ‘’An application to review the premises licence held by the Newtown Bar, Bo’ness, was submitted by the Chief Constable of Police Scotland in terms of section 36 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

‘’The basis of the application was an incident of disorder said to have occurred on the premises on October 12 this year, which the Chief Constable claims is relevant to the crime prevention 
icensing objective.

‘’A hearing was commenced at the meeting of the Licensing Board on December 10 but was continued to allow members of the Board to visit the premises.

‘’The matter will be 
before the Board again at a future meeting.’’

Falkirk Council’s licensing department said the 
licence for the Newtown Bar was in the name of LT Management Services based in Norfolk. They did not reply when contacted.