Drugs’ pub gets go-ahead to reopen in East End

A PUB in London’s East End shut down after a police raid when drugs were discovered is reopening next month—despite a call from neighbours to keep it shut. Bethnal Green’s Sebright Arms off Hackney Road has been closed since February after bars of cannabis were found in a locked cupboard

By Gemma Collins

A PUB in London’s East End shut down after a police raid when more than 4lb of drugs were discovered on the premises is reopening next month—despite a call from neighbours to keep it shut.

Bethnal Green’s Sebright Arms in Coate Street, off Hackney Road, has been closed since February after seven nine-ounce bars of cannabis resin were found hidden in a locked cupboard behind the DJ booth.

Police called for the licence to be revoked over claims there was “obviously no control” at the pub.

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Neighbours sent letters to Tower Hamlets council, urging the authority to “take into considerations the rights to peaceful enjoyment” by refusing any new alcohol and entertainment license.

But council officials called only for the licence to be suspended for one month and the current Designate Premises Supervisor to be removed at the last Licensing sub committee, following talks with the new publican.

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The licence has been suspended until August 31 on the condition that no former management or employee would have anything to do with the pub and weekly checks would be carried out by the licence holder.

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