Chesterfield pub where firearm was found to keep licence

A Chesterfield pub which underwent a review of its premises licence after the discovery of a firearm will face no further action.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 4:57 pm

Derbyshire police called for a review of the licence at Moonrakers, on Keswick Drive, Chesterfield, after the find in December last year.

In documents sent to Chesterfield Borough Council’s licensing team, officers said that at 1.40pm on Friday, December 13, the joint tenant at the premises was arrested over undisclosed matters.

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Moonrakers pub, Keswick Drive, Chesterfield.

The application added: “Following this arrest the entire premises were searched. Found in the landing area of the upstairs private quarters was a live illegal firearm, this is being subject to forensic testing.”

Now the council has confirmed that Derbyshire Constabulary has decided not to proceed any further with the review following a recent meeting of the authority’s licensing committee.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Following the discovery of the firearm, the council’s licensing committee met on 29 January 2020 to review the premises license at Moonrakers, on Keswick Drive.

“Derbyshire police decided not to proceed any further with the review and as a result, the committee agreed that it was not necessary to take any further steps.

“The applicant and premises licence holder have the right of appeal within 21 working days of the decision,” Coun Sarvent added this week.