A pub in Greenwich has had its licence suspended by police after a man in his 40s was stabbed inside the premises earlier this month.
The man was stabbed inside the Star and Garter pub on Sunday, August 1 and was rushed to hospital where he was later discharged.
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Following an investigation, a man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Thursday, August 12.
However at the time of the incident, police claim only one witness spoke to them out of a crowd of up to 30 people and allege that the attacker was allowed to use the toilet before he leaving.
In addition, police say they weren’t called to the scene by any witnesses but rather London Ambulance Service. Police claim to have arrived at the pub with ‘customers taking up the whole of the pavement’ and ‘drinking in the road and being loud and boisterous’ in a residential area.
Another claim raised by police is that the pub has no working CCTV footage and that ‘nothing has been done to repair it for a number of years’.
In the same letter addressed to the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Licensing Sub-Committee (LSC), police concluded that a summary review of the premises is necessary because staff and management have ‘failed to keep control’ of customers who cause a nuisance at the pub.
While the victim reportedly told officers that the attacker is a regular in the pub and is known by staff.
The pub’s license holder, Rita Hall has fought back a number of the claims in her own letter which tells her version of events.
Ms Hall says she was not at the pub when the incident occurred and that neither her or her staff previously knew of the attacker, because of this no one has been barred.
She went on to say that this ‘one-off incident’ is not a reflection of poor management and that her business could permanently close if the pub is shut for any longer.
Following the police’s letter to the LSC, Greenwich council agreed to suspend the pub’s license until it has a full review hearing on Thursday (August 26).
The council claim the pub is connected to ‘serious crime and disorder’ and fear it would cause ‘further serious violence’ if it remained open during the investigation.
A Met spokesperson told My London: “Police were called at around 6.30 pm on Sunday, August 1 to reports of a stabbing at a pub on Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich.
“Officers attended alongside London Ambulance Service and a man, aged in his 40s, was treated for a stab wound. He was taken to hospital and later discharged.
“Following an investigation, a man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Thursday, 12 August. He has since been bailed and enquiries continue.”
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