Police want 'crime hub' Bodmin pub closed
THE police are demanding a Bodmin pub is shut down after compiling a damning report on alleged illegal activity at the premises.
Police say the Cat and Fiddle is the centre for handling stolen goods in Bodmin and drugs are also sold on the premises.
Police say they have evidence after a sting operation involving undercover officers selling purportedly stolen property within the pub, including a television and bottles of spirits.
Cornwall Council's licensing committee meets at St Austell today to review the Cat and Fiddle's operating licence.
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Inspector Robin Hogg, who is in charge of policing in Bodmin, has told licensing councillors he wants the operating licence revoked and the pub closed down.
In his statement, Mr Hogg said: "The grounds for the review are that the premises are being used for the handling of stolen property and the supply of drugs. Police intelligence indicated that the premises were being used for the sale of stolen property.
"Normal police visits would not be able to reveal whether or not the intelligence was true. It was therefore decided to run a covert operation.
"Undercover police officers went to enter the premises and to offer items that were purported to be stolen, for sale.
"Between March 14 and May 21, 2013, nine sales of "stolen property'' and two sales of amphetamine, a Class B Schedule 2 controlled substance were made on, or just outside the premises.''
Mr Hogg said: "The running of these premises is contravening the crime and disorder objective in a major way. ''
He said current licensee, Julie Haines, was not in day-to-day control of the pub, and it was being run by a man. He has asked that the Cat and Fiddle's licence should be revoked.
Nearby residents have also written to the licensing committee complaining about antisocial behaviour at the Cat and Fiddle. The pub was closed down in 2011 by the same committee after police complaints. Then, councillors ruled it was right to take away the licence to prevent crime and disorder and to safeguard the public, but the Cat and Fiddle reopened a few months later.
Mrs Haines was not available for comment this week.