POLICE are objecting to plans from a football supporters’ club to open for longer, claiming they have already been opening beyond time.
Horden CW AFC Supporters Club wants to extend its hours of serving alcohol and playing recorded music by an extra hour, to midnight on Mondays and Thursdays and to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
But Durham Police are opposing the licence application.
In a public document, ahead of the application hearing on Tuesday, September 2, Jim Lincoln, licensing support officer with Durham Police, confirmed the force is objecting on a number of grounds.
He said: “Durham Constabulary are objecting to this application on grounds of prevention of crime and disorder.
“We have evidence that this premises is already opening after hours in contravention of its licence.”
Sgt Tim Robson, also of the licensing unit, told the Mail: “There is ongoing intelligence that the club has been opening after its time.
“Any specific breaches such as extending hours without authority could result in a £20,000 fine and six months imprisonment.
“Therefore we are not in a position to not make representations on a premises which is breaching prior to an application made for the times that they want to open.”
No recommendations have been made by council officers ahead of the hearing and sub-committee members are asked to decide based on the evidence during the meeting.
No-one from the club was available for comment when contacted.
The Mail has been asked to point out that the supporters’ club is a separate entity to Horden CW Football Club.