I'm sorry but I an unsure. It revolved around our night club which was infiltrated by under cover police officers who were given money to enter and then try to buy drugs. The court case was to determine as to whether our entertainment licence would be revoked.
In a report written by the police officer he stated that
"Mr & Mrs Lane were actively involved in or turning a blind eye to drug dealing on the premises". This claim alone was enough to persuade magistrates that we should lose our licence even though neither of us were charged and indeed my wife wasn't even questioned. This was just one of a number of lies used in the report sent to the council and subsequently used in the magistrates court.
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Yes. We were advised by our solicitor that we had 14 days from the date of the police report to appeal to the council licencing committee.
We later discovered that this wasn't the case, in fact we could have waited much longer and it was the council who had 14 days from our request for an appeal to set up the hearing.
Our solicitor was to be away on holiday at the time of the hearing and another partner appeared for us (not impressive). At the end 2 councillors voted for the revocation 1 voted against and 2 abstained.
Good Morning Alex
Thank you for very prompt replies.
There are two related questions which I would like you to consider and if these do not come under the original cost of £38 please let me know.
I believe that I have categorical proof that the police officer lied and lied again, is this an avenue to be investigated?
In his original report sent to the Council he claimed that he 'warned' me about concerns of drug dealing in the club. At the magistrates hearing he admitted that he had not done so but that he had 'hinted' about his concerns, however, when making a claim under our loss of licence insurance the insurers quoted the officers 'warning' as a reason not to pay the £175,000 insured amount.
Could we at this late stage have any grounds for complaint on either or both of these complaints.
Sorry, I still refer to "we" from habit. To put you in the picture I should explain that following the loss of our business but even more the loss of our home, my wife went through along period of depression and could not discuss anything to do with the issues. Then in 2006 she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone which caused her death in 2009.
I mention these points merely to explain the delay in asking for advise.
Thank you Alex That seems to be that