Two Chesterfield bars have had their licences permanently revoked following a police operation that uncovered drug-related activity in the premises.
Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing committee closed the doors on Bar Centro and Isis Noir at hearings held today (January 13), in response to a three month-long operation by Derbyshire Police to crack down on drug supply in the town’s licensed premises.
Licensing sergeant Nev Stocks told Bar Centro’s hearing: “The crimes were so serious that there is a significant risk to public safety.
“The class A drug cocaine and M-Cat were being supplied on a regular basis. They were being supplied openly and overtly.”
The hearing heard that undercover police were sold drugs or saw drug-related activity during sixty six per cent of their stings at the Holywell Street bar. Sgt Stocks said on one occasion, a member of staff watched as a police officer was sold drugs.
Bar Centro’s licence holder, Nick Carter of C and N Leisure Ltd, walked out of the packed chamber as the committee’s decision was read out.
It is not yet known if they will appeal the decision.
But Jason Hill of Isis Noir has told the Derbyshire Times he will be appealing following today’s verdict.
For the full story on Bar Centro and Isis Noir, see this week’s Derbyshire Times, out on Thursday.