Police want a Birmingham pub closed down after officers claimed it was used as a base for drug dealing.
Officers claim that during a raid on The Barrel pub in Soho Road, Handsworth, they not only found and arrested customers on suspicion of drug dealing but later found, on CCTV footage, someone hiding cannabis and a knife behind the bar to avoid the search.
Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee, which meets this week, has been asked by police to revoke The Barrel’s license.
It is the second time in just under a year that police have asked for a review of The Barrel’s license.
In written evidence to the committee licensing officer Chris Room said: “Police support the assertion that drugs are both dealt and consumed within the premises. This is a long-standing issue.”
He said that the wider community believes the management ‘turn a blind eye’ to cannabis.
He added: “The Barrel public house requires an allocation of policing resources on a daily basis. This is to the detriment of the local community due to the drain on police resources.”
On June 9 police raided the bar and found an individual with seven wraps of cannabis, consistent with drug dealing and another with two small bags of the drug. Both are on police bail.
But it was a later review of the CCTV footage that officers spotted someone disposing of a ‘substantial quantity’ of cannabis and a flick knife behind the bar.
The council’s licensing committee will consider the police request when it meets tomorrow.