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DRUG RAID: Railway pub licence revoke debate

DRUG RAID: Railway pub licence revoke debate

The Railway pub, on Brighton Road in Waterloo

Two men arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs shoved bags full of white powder down their trousers and into their socks when they saw police through a pub window.

The Railway, on Brighton Road in Waterloo, was raided by officers last month, with a large amount of drugs and £45,000 in cash found inside the building.

Police arrested two men, aged 50 and 42, and a woman, aged 34, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

A 60-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and handling stolen goods.  So far, they have not been named.

However, new details of the raid came to light as members of Sefton Council’s licensing committee debated whether to revoke the pub’s licence.

Landlord Keith George Rose managed to avoid that outcome, with police saying they were satisfied he had no knowledge of what was happening at the premises.

Merseyside Police Sergeant Craig Carmichael said it was the father of premises supervisor Cody Michael Jones who officers had linked to Operation Pelican, an investigation into the drugs trade in Crosby and Waterloo.

Mr Jones’ father was among the three men arrested at the pub.

The Railway’s licence was suspended for three months after Mr Rose confirmed he had moved quickly to start the process of evicting the family.

Sergeant Carmichael described a chaotic scene when officers arrived at the pub shortly before 2pm on September 18.

As they approached the pub, police saw two men at a table in the pub with cash and what appeared to be snap bags of white powder.

Customers sat at the bar looked on as police entered the pub and began to search the premises.

Sergeant Carmichael said: “When they saw the officers they began to quickly start hiding items in down the front of their trousers and also inside their socks.”

Both men were later searched and arrested, with police finding cash and two snap bags of what was thought to be cocaine on one man.

There were ten bags of the same white powder on or near the table where the men had been sitting.  Sergeant Carmichael said around ten customers were also allowed to leave after searches.

Searches in other parts of the pub and the flat upstairs found a range of cash, bags of suspected drugs and what was thought to be a block of cocaine.  Cleaning products and vodka, believed to be stolen, was also seized.

As well as the two men seen when officers arrived, the father of the premises supervisor was also arrested, with officers having previously received intelligence that he was “actively involved in dealing cocaine”.

Sergeant Carmichael said officers searching his home found the front door blocked by a so-called “New York latch”, a large piece of wood secured behind the door to stop it being kicked in.

A woman was also arrested there on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply and more drugs were taken from the home.

Speaking briefly to the committee, landlord Keith George Rose said he completely understood the seriousness of the situation and had acted quickly to remove the tenants from the premises.

He said: “Since learning of this horrific episode I have acted very promptly. I have terminated the lease as of the 6th October.

“They have until the end of the month until to remove their things. As far as I’m concerned, the sooner they are gone the better.”

Mr Rose said a new potential tenant with a record of turning around premises with a history of drug-related issues had shown interest in taking over the premises.

Sergeant Carmichael recommended a three month suspension of the licence, something Mr Rose said he agreed with, to act as a “break” in terms of deterring people who may have previously gone to the Railway to buy drugs.

The committee handed out a three month suspension and also tightened a range of other conditions on the licence.

 

Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Demcoracy Reporter


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