Holloway shop faces closure after selling booze to football hooligans as Arsenal and Spurs fans clashed
PUBLISHED: 13:07 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 January 2015
A shop that sold booze to football hooligans involved in a fight between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fans faces losing its licence.
Your Local, in Holloway Road, will face an Islington Council Licensing Committee on Thursday after allegedly allowing thugs who steamed into a mass brawl come back and finish their drinks outside the shop.
Police called for the licence review following the violence on September 27, which saw up to 500 Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur fans clash on Holloway Road during the north London derby.
They also say the store sold booze in glass containers during a subsequent match against Turkish club Galatasaray –against their licensing conditions – and let customers drink outside the shop, using the fruit shelves as a “bar”.
Seven people were arrested that day as flare-toting Galatasaray fans caused havoc on the Holloway streets
The report to the committee said that during the Spurs match, which is categorised as having the highest possibility of violence, the venue “did sell alcohol containers to fans” who then “used the green vegetable stand as their bar”.
It added: “When spontaneous violence broke out, these fans ran forward and took part and then, on police intervention, went back to their open containers on the green vegetable stands and carried on drinking.
“Council licensing officers on site asked the staff to stop selling alcohol to these fans as it was aggravating the situation outside.”
The report goes on to say that the member of staff selling the booze was the same person who had personally received a letter from police saying not to sell alcohol in glass containers.
It also claims that the registered licence holder had not had any contact with the premises for a year but the new management team had not “bothered” to complete the necessary paperwork.
Police say this demonstrates a “lack of responsibility”.
The report concludes: “After a violent incident where customers were allowed to breach the DPPO (designated public places order) after being sold alcohol by venue staff, and were involved in football violence, within two weeks the same incident happened again... police have no hesitation in recommending the premises licence at Your Local be revoked.”
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