Rotherham pub linked to reports of violent disorder and drug crime forced to reduce opening hours

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A town centre pub in Rotherham has had its opening hours reduced in a bid to reduce trouble at the venue.

Police chiefs in the town asked for a review of The Kingfisher’s licence, claiming the Mary Street pub had been ‘at the centre of many incidents reported to police in recent months, including allegations of violent disorder and drug-related crime’.

It has led to a reduction in the hours the pub can operate and the removal of the current Designated Premises Supervisor.

Chief Insp Womersley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “The decision of the licensing committee is a really positive step for Rotherham and demonstrates that, alongside our partners, we take firm and robust action against any local business or licensed premise that is found to be sub-standard.

“This pub has been at the heart of many community concerns and incidents of disorder and I want to reassure the public that those concerns have been listened to and acted upon.

“Police and partners will work alongside the premises licence holder to ensure that the Kingfisher’s standards improve and it becomes a safer place for the local community to enjoy.”