Drinkers ordered out of pub by police after suspected lock-in



Eight drinkers flouting coronavirus lockdown were ordered to leave a pub following a suspected lock-in.

Police were called to the Delamere Arms, in Crewe, to reports an illegal prohibition-style gathering was taking place.

And when officers arrived at the Underwood Lane venue last Wednesday (April 1), they discovered a number of people inside.

The pub was reported to the licensing department and has now been issued with advice.

It comes after all pubs were  told to close because of the coronavirus  crisis on Friday, March 20 – three days before the UK went on lockdown.

A number of pubs across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have also held lock-ins.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “At 7.45pm on Wednesday 1 April police attended a pub in Underwood Lane, Crewe,  following reports of a suspected lock-in.

“Officers advised the eight people in the pub to go home and informed the licensee that he would be reported to Cheshire East Council licensing team. The pub was then closed and they were sent on their way.”

Cheshire East Council confirmed its licensing team was aware of the matter.

A council spokesperson said: “We have been informed by Cheshire Police that they visited licensed premises known as the Delamere Arms on Underwood Lane, Crewe on April 1 and spoke to the licensee about a matter that concerned them in light of the emergency powers in place that apply to pubs, hotels and restaurants.

“We understand a number of people in the pub were asked to go home in line with government and Public Health England advice.

“As a consequence of this visit, Cheshire East Council’s licensing department has written to the licensee and we have no further comment to make.”

No-one from the Delamere Arms was available for comment.





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