Agenda and minutes
Licensing Sub Committee Hearing Panel - Wednesday, 31st August, 2022 10.00 am
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions
Contact: Ian Smith
The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.
The Hearing Panel considered a report from the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing. The Hearing Panel also considered the written papers of the parties and the oral representations of the parties in attendance, including the Premises Licence Holder (PLH), Mr Lee Pepper who was attending virtually via Zoom from Spain, as well as the relevant legislation.
The representative from GMP informed the Panel that the PLH, Mr Pepper, had held the licence since 23 April 2015. Mr Pepper was also the landlord of a dwelling on the site of Burnage Cricket and Social Club where the DPS, Ms Henderson is a tenant. GMP then referred all attendees to the supplementary agenda, containing a historical account of incidents and crime reports. Previous incidents were Violent Disorder on 3 July 2021, disturbance at 02:40 on 8 August 2021, Harassment on 29 August 2021, GBH and ABH on 6 March 2022 and the search of the premises on 4 August 2022 which led to the Summary Review. A list of aggravated burglary of vehicles then found on the premises was also presented to the Hearing Panel. Also, known criminals were noted as being on the premises during police visits. During the raid on 4 August 2022, police gained entry to the white outbuilding where the DPS was found with other persons who all claimed that they lived there. The search took place in this building with police finding offensive weapons, a dangerous breed of dog, a DVD containing extreme bestiality footage, cocaine, heroin, MDMA, cannabis and a harvested cannabis farm. Further searches of the wider premises revealed more offensive weaponry, stolen vehicles (one linked to a stabbing and robbery), stolen number plates and numerous stolen car keys. The Interim Steps hearing was carried out on 8 August 2022, with the PLH claiming that he did not know that he was the licence holder. The Hearing Panel’s Interim Steps decision was to suspend the licence with effect from 10 August 2022 to allow Burnage Cricket and Social Club to hold a wake on the following day, 9 August 2022. During this wake a fight broke out and the police received a call from a female asking for help. Following this, on 13 August, a victim had contacted the police regarding the wake on 9 August 2022 to state that she had been approached by 2 females who, between them, grabbed the victim by the hair and then threw a glass in her face which required hospital treatment. Afterwards, it transpired that there was no CCTV footage that covered the field area of the premises where the first of these incidents took place.
The PLH put questions to GMP about what vehicles had been found on site, vehicle whereabouts on site, incidents/arrests, CCTV footage, where the keys had been found (citing that there was a lost property jar full of keys), whether there was proof that cannabis had been grown in the attic area, who lived in the tenanted property, the breed of ... view the full minutes text for item 66.