A Hemel Hempstead pub which was a hotspot for chronic anti-social behaviour is now off-limits after police and partners achieved a full closure order for the venue.
The Tudor Rose public house on Long Chaulden has been the subject of several complaints from nearby residents in recent months.
This culminated in an evening of severe anti-social behaviour on Tuesday, February 1, which spilled over into the shopping precinct next door.
In response, Dacorum’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) worked in partnership with their Safer Neighbourhood Team colleagues and Dacorum Borough Council’s licensing team to gather evidence for a full closure order application.
The order – which was subsequently granted at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 4 – states that the pub must remain closed, after the landlord was found to be operating without the appropriate authority or staff in place.
The order prohibits anyone entering the building besides the pub’s owner – Stonegate Brewery – and their sub-contractors, utility companies in an emergency and the emergency services. Anyone who breaches the order could be arrested and fined, imprisoned or both.
Sergeant Mike Saunders, from the CSU, said: “On February 25 the current landlord’s tenancy ends and Stonegate Brewery have told us that they are closing the site for around six weeks while refurbishments are carried out and a new landlord is appointed.
“They have assured us that the new landlord is someone they know and trust, who has a wealth of experience in the management of licenced premises and dealing with any potential issues that might occur. We hope this result will provide some respite from the ongoing issues suffered by neighbours and improve their quality of life.
“The Tudor Rose is part of the community and Stonegate have assured us that they are working hard to ensure that this pub becomes a focal point again, but this time for all the right reasons.
“Our Safer Neighbourhood Team colleagues will continue to regularly patrol the area, but in the interim we have asked neighbours to report any potential breaches of the order to us as soon as possible so we can take further action if required.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe and happy where they live, and no one should be subjected to the type of behaviour that was witnessed earlier this month. If you show no respect for your neighbours, then you can expect to be the next target for us.
“If you have information about anti-social behaviour in your area, please don’t hesitate to report it to us. We will take it seriously and we will do all we can to prevent it.”