'Scrap it. Don't do it' - what you said about Hartlepool bar's 3am booze bid

Hartlepool Mail readers have largely backed police in their efforts to prevent a town centre bar from opening until 3.30am.

Saturday, 12th January 2019, 11:34 am
Updated Saturday, 12th January 2019, 11:39 am
Popworld, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, wants to serve booze until 3am.
Popworld, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, wants to serve booze until 3am.

Cleveland Police, however, fear such hour-long extensions would potentially increase the number of violent incidents in the area.

A final decision is expected to be reached by Hartlepool Borough Council next Thursday, January 17, with bar owner Stonegate insisting it can open for longer in a "safe and comfortable environment".

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Yet the majority of Mail readers on our Facebook page have sided with the police.

Ian Campbell wrote: "Get back to 2am closure of all pubs and clubs and stop 24-hour drinking.

"It’ll save ‘the youth’ all being useless and incapacitated for the whole weekend of light hours in bed.

"Take a look at what our town's become. Shocking."

Amy Rebecca Ward added: "I was a young manager when the 4am licence very first came in just before xmas 2005.

"Profit wise, great. The type that came in the pub after 12/1am not so good! I forever had police turning up.

"In a town with barely any police. Scrap it. Don't do it.

"The owner should take note too. It's not worth your licence."

Andy Hill insisted: "To be fair, Stonegate are a well managed company.

"They have several bars all over the country that do very well. I've seen more crime committed on an afternoon at a retail park than I have within Stonegate's bars.

"To be fair though, you can only blame the clientele for the issues. I won't be too stereotypical."

Victoria White, however, totally agreed with the scraping of late licences and added: "Remember the day when the town was busy from 7/8pm.

"Why not look to increasing foot fall during already licensed hours early doors?

"Get the young ones out of their houses pre-drinking and coming out at 11-4 with a tenner in their pocket cos they are already steaming.

"Can't be making much profit out of a half empty bar, with clientele that don't buy much but still have to pay staff for longer."