Bodmin crime pub closes after losing appeal
THE CAT and Fiddle pub in Bodmin has ceased trading after East Cornwall magistrates dismissed an appeal against the revocation of its operating licence.
Cornwall Council had withdrawn the pub's licence on the recommendation of the police, who had identified illegal activity on the premises, including the handling of stolen goods.
Sergeant Bob Danneau, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said officers would ensure the Cat and Fiddle remained off-limits to the public for the foreseeable future.
"The court's decision to dismiss the premises licence appeal now means the pub is not allowed to open for the sale of alcohol or any other associated pub business.
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"It will not be reopening for quite a while, and I can assure residents in the area that officers will be making very regular visits to the premises to make sure no business activity is taking place there," he said.
A Cornwall Council licensing panel hearing in St Austell had agreed with the police that serious breaches had occurred at the Cat and Fiddle and revoked its licence to trade.
Councillors said they were doing so in order to prevent crime and disorder occurring at the pub. They were told by police that the pub was the centre for handling stolen goods in Bodmin, and that drugs had also been sold on the premises.
Police gathered evidence during a covert operation involving undercover officers selling purportedly stolen property within the pub, including a television and bottles of spirits.
It is the second time in three years that the Cat and Fiddle has been shut down.
Police and other agencies raided the pub in February 2011 and issued the premises with a closure notice after evidence of criminal activity taking place there.
In June of that year, Cornwall Council took away the pub's operating licence, but months later the local authority allowed it to reopen under new management.