Chichester pub could be forced to close for eight weeks

SUSSEX Police has submitted an application to suspend the licence of the Slug and Lettuce in Chichester city centre for eight weeks.

In the application to Chichester District Council’s licensing committee, Chief Inspector Rachel Bacon said the measure was necessary to prevent crime and disorder, protect public safety and prevent public nuisance.

The 18-page document lists a string of incidents at the pub in South Street, including ‘serious assaults’, ‘serious violence’ and drug-related arrests.

In June, police received several reports of incidents at the venue – four for drug taking, two for drunk and disorderly customers and two for assault. This was the highest number of recorded incidents for drunk and disorderly behaviour, public disorder and possession of Class A drugs in West Sussex.


Sussex Police has requested the licensing committee take four main measures to tackle problems at the pub.

The first is to remove the current designated premises supervisor, Kelly Rainey.

The second is to suspend the premises licence for ‘no less than eight weeks’.

“The suspension will break the link between this premises being associated with the use of drugs and excessive drinking,” said the application.

It continued: “A suspension will act as a deterrent to this premises and other premises in Chichester, giving a clear indication that the licensing authority will not tolerate the high levels of crime and disorder, drug taking and levels of intoxication emanating from the premises.”

The third requested action is to reduce the hours of operation and licence and the fourth involves several security measures including installation of CCTV, at least four door staff during peak times and implementing a Challenge 25 policy.


The application will be considered by Chichester District Council’s licensing committee.

A spokeswoman for Chichester District Council said: “Sussex Police has submitted an application to our licensing team seeking a review of the current premises licence for the Slug & Lettuce public house in Chichester.

“A representation period lasting 28 consecutive days has begun and a public notice put on display in the window at the premises and on the council notice boards advising of the application.

“The representation period concludes at midnight on October 19, during which time any person and/or responsible authorities under the Licensing Act 2003 may support or oppose the application by submitting a written relevant representation to the licensing manager.

“Within 20 working days of October 19, a sub-committee will convene at a public hearing to determine the review application. “Documents relating to the review application are available on the council’s website.”