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Restrictions imposed on trouble-spot pub

By Danny Boyle
The pub has now re-opened under a new name and a re-fit and aims to attract older drinkers
The pub has now re-opened under a new name and a re-fit and aims to attract older drinkers

A TROUBLE-SPOT public house has been handed a series of restrictions after police decided to take a tough new stand.

Lloyds No.1 Bar, just renamed the Furze Wren, in the Broadway, Bexleyheath, now has limits on when it can admit under-21s or have any glass on the premises.

It comes after police decided to change their "light-touch" approach with the venue that witnessed a quarter of all 45 glass attacks in Bexley pubs last year. It was also home to nearly half of all violent incidents in The Broadway.

Ch Insp Steve Murrant of Bexley police, said: "It is regrettable that we had to go down this line but I would hope that it will improve things in the Broadway and send a message to all licensed premises."

A licensing committee was shown CCTV footage of an incident that broke out in Lloyds on Christmas Eve in which police officers were pelted with glass.

Also in December, a 17-year-old girl was stabbed in the face with a broken wine glass, an 18-year-old man was hit with a bottle and another customer hit with a glass.

John Hutson, chief executive of JD Wetherspoon, which owns the pub, said: "It may be that we have missed the bigger picture but we genuinely didn’t realise how seriously the police considered Lloyds to be in the make up of crime and disorder in Bexleyheath."

But committee chairman Cllr Mike Slaughter said: "I would have thought your management would have known that Bexleyheath was a trouble centre."

The Furze Wren which has just re-opened after a £150,000 re-fit as a no-smoking venue that aims to attract older drinkers with a new ambience, will now:

* Not be allowed to serve drinks in glasses after 8pm Thursday to Sunday

* Not be open to under-21s after 9pm Thursday to Sunday

* Only be able to sell alcohol until 11pm every night - up to an hour than previously allowed

* Have a capacity limit of 600 people

The restrictions will not come into effect until after 21 days, which is the time in which Wetherspoon can appeal the decision.

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