A restaurant and bar may be refused an alcohol license because of the “inexperience and bad attitude” of its supervisor.
Police said they couldn’t trust Michael Parker to responsibly run the West Lancs Diner, located in a former nightclub building, after lying about the sale of alcohol when they premiered conversation with him.
According to Sergeant Richard Horton, license sergeant for the Lancashire Police South Division, Mr Parker was questioned about noise complaints from neighbors on September 25, which occurred when the place could no longer sell alcohol because the former designated site supervisor, Daniel Kenyon, had left the company.
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When questioned, Mr Parker claimed he hosted a private baby shower where only soft drinks were consumed, but this claim was rebutted when officers checked CCTV and saw alcohol being served .
Asked about this, Mr. Parker told police and city officials present that “he panicked.”
Sgt Horton also said it was “evident that he had limited knowledge of [licensing conditions] and was not at all familiar with the operation of the CCTV system ”.
Lancashire Police have now formally opposed an offer to appoint him as designated supervisor of the premises before the case was referred to the West Lancashire Borough Council Licensing and Gaming Subcommittee on Thursday.
Located inside the former Jynx nightclub in Skelmersdale, the venue now features a butcher, deli, hairdressers and a bar with a big screen showing live movies and sports.
It opened earlier this year and last week a post on the venue’s Facebook page said it was unable to serve alcoholic beverages due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
However, yesterday he resumed advertising the cocktails and beers for sale at an event to be held on Friday, one day after the subcommittee meeting.
In a submission to the subcommittee, CP Linda Robson wrote: “As a result of a recent visit and subsequent telephone conversation, police do not believe this man will have day-to-day control of the premises under license and due to inexperience and bad attitude, the applicant will not actively promote the licensing objectives for crime and disorder.
“The site suffers from a high volume of antisocial incidents and it is believed that the requester should resolve the issues on this site, request a change and work with the responsible authorities before they want to consider this request.
In his own letter, Sgt Horton added, “The purpose of a designated premises supervisor is to tell the police who is responsible.
“While in charge of the premises he authorized the unauthorized sale of alcohol on at least one occasion and when challenged by police and council licensing officers his first instinct was to lie. and it was only when the evidence of the video surveillance was brought to light that he recognized his responsibility in this regard.
“While in charge of the premises, he was tasked with modifying the layout of the licensed area without obtaining permission for the modification.
“When asked about the license conditions at Jynx, he showed limited knowledge of them.
“Put simply, based on his actions to date, I would not be able to trust this man as the designated supervisor of the premises.”
Mr Parker declined to comment when contacted by LancsLive.
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