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Negative “vetting”

The police are threatening to review my licence

Q:  The Police are threatening a Review of my licence but their list of incidents includes refusals at the door for drugs and an incident where my door staff ran across the road to help someone being beaten up.  Can they use such incidents?

A:  I cannot talk specifically about your case, but often the Police do incorrectly record or attribute incidents as “negatives” when they either have no causal relation to the licensable activities taking place at a particular premises, or indeed should be noted as a positive.  Some Police Licensing Officers are better at “vetting” these statistics than others.  It is critical that in cases such as this you do not take the evidence lying down, and that a thorough analysis of all the Police alleged incidents carried out, comparing them to your own – hopefully detailed – incident logs.

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