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Whitechapel boozer has licence revoked

PUBLISHED: 15:17 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:43 05 October 2010

AN EAST boozer at the centre of a drugs bust has had its licence revoked for the second time this week. Mr Pickwicks in Leman Street, Whitechapel will be shutting its doors for good following a review of its licence by Tower Hamlets council s licensing

AN EAST boozer at the centre of a drugs bust has had its licence revoked for the second time this week.

Mr Pickwicks in Leman Street, Whitechapel will be shutting its doors for good following a review of its licence by Tower Hamlets council's licensing sub committee last Thursday night.

The same committee called for its licence to be revoked in October 2008 following complaints from the Met Police and neighbouring businesses.

It later emerged that undercover officers from the Met's clubs and vice squad bought cocaine from Mr Pickwicks on 20 different occasions between October 2005 and June 2007.

And Simmone Pizzie who runs the pub was given an 18 month suspended sentence in November 2008 for two charges of allowing the supply of cocaine.

The pub challenged the council's original decision.

But during the appeal at Thames Magistrates Court last December it was referred back to the Town Hall to be discussed again by the committee last Thursday.


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