Knives and drugs sold from behind the bar of family-run east London pub, police say


nives and drugs were sold from behind the bar of a family-run east London pub, police have alleged.

The Met said it had also received intelligence that shotguns were “rented out” from the Royal Standard Hotel in North Woolwich.

The pub was facing losing its licence at a council meeting being held Wednesday following the allegations.

Detectives said they swooped on the pub on May 12 after reports of violence and drug taking at the venue. They found cannabis and cocaine in a utility cupboard where the CCTV is kept, officers said.

Baseball bats and kitchen knives were also discovered by officers in the office behind the bar and in “easy access” for staff members, according to documents submitted to Newham council.

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In a statement to the town hall’s licensing committee, PC Stuart Murray said: “There has also been intelligence that the pub is being used to rent and also sell dangerous weapons such as shotguns and zombie knives out to members of the public.”

He added: “Officers carried out a warrant. Both Class A and B drugs were found in the pub as well as scales.”

A Met Police spokesman added: “A search of the premises found quantities of cannabis and cocaine.

“A 60-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs.

“They were taken into custody and were subsequently both released under investigation while further enquiries are conducted.”

The pub was served with a temporary closure order last month following the raid.

When Newham council visited the venue a pub manager told them they had applied to transfer the licence.

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