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Selby Landlady Sentenced After Serving After Hours


12:33pm 17th May 2013

The licensee of a Selby pub has been given a conditional discharge for 18 months and must pay court costs of £500, after pleading guilty to opening after hours and playing music beyond her permitted hours of 3am.

The case, heard at York Magistrates Court yesterday, was brought by Selby District Council in its role as licensing authority for the district. This includes the management of licences for pubs and bars.

On 24 March 2012 police officers on regular patrol in Selby town centre noticed customers continuing to go into JT Mellanby's pub on Finkle Street in Selby and loud music coming from the premises beyond the permitted agreed closing time of 3am.

They went into the bar, where customers were still drinking, to speak to the manager, Tracey Young of Johnson Street, Selby who eventually agreed to ask customers to leave and close the premises.

Access Selby Licensing Officer, Time Grogan, explained why the Council had brought the action, "Licensing arrangements are made on the basis of the impact on the local area, whether that's people living nearby or local businesses, which is why we take very seriously anyone who breaches the terms of their licence.

"Tracey Young's conviction is a demonstration of what is likely to happen when a Licensee fails to operate within their permitted hours. The Council's position is clear: misbehave and suffer the consequences".

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