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D-Day for trouble-hit Yarmouth pub

PUBLISHED: 07:09 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:14 06 July 2010

A Yarmouth landlady will hear tomorrow if her pub can re-open following a violent disturbance on Good Friday night.

The Albion in Nelson Road Central has been closed for three weeks after its windows were smashed in and its landlady Alison Smith was arrested on the suspicion of using racist language.

A Yarmouth landlady will hear tomorrow if her pub can re-open following a violent disturbance on Good Friday night.

The Albion in Nelson Road Central has been closed for three weeks after its windows were smashed in and its landlady Alison Smith was arrested on the suspicion of using racist language.

Tomorrow a Yarmouth Borough Council licensing committee will decide if the pub should open or have its licence changed or even revoked.

Councillors will hear that the police want the pub to remain closed to prevent further crime and disorder - while pub regulars say the Albion is safe to drink in and is well run by Mrs Smith.

In papers submitted to the council, Ronald Hanton, police licensing officer, lists 29 incidents of nuisance behaviour, public disorder and violence linked to the pub in the last 15 months.

One of the entries from Friday, March 27 reads: “Following a disturbance in the premises earlier, a male enters the pub in disguise and assaults a customer with a hammer.”

A resident has also written to the council to register an objection to the pub re-opening because of claims that there is trouble at the pub virtually every weekend with drunken rabbles causing disturbances.

Since the pub was closed at a special hearing at Norwich Magistrates Court the day after the incident more than 300 people have signed up to an internet campaign to have it re-opened.

In a further sign of support 19 letters in favour of Mrs Smith have been sent into the licensing committee.

David Mylott wrote in to say: “I am 65 years of age and with my friends have always felt safe in the Albion public house.”

Another regular Soulla Alexandrou said: “I have never had any trouble, confrontation or awkward situations while drinking in the pub and always enjoy the friendly and comfortable atmosphere the pub provides.”

The licensing committee, which meets at 2.30pm in the town hall, can make seven different recommendations, including taking no further action, modifying and excluding some licensed activities, issuing a formal warning or revoking the pub's licence.

Police have decided not to charge Mrs Smith in connection with the Good Friday incident and four men remain on bail after they were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to the Albion.

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