Frankies Bar shut after failing to meet police standards

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FRANKIES Bar has been closed for three months by the Licensing Board.

The Bourtree Place pub had its licence suspended at a meeting last week following a review request from the Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police.

Joint licensee Joanne McFarlane was in attendance accompanied by her solicitor.

Both declined to comment after the decision which was made in private as there are still matters to be dealt with in the criminal court.

However, chairman of the board, Gavin Logan, confirmed the suspension “on the grounds of breaches of the licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder, securing public safety and preventing public nuisance.”

And Inspector John Scott, from safer communities team, believed this should act as a warning to other premises that standards must be upheld.

Mr Scott, whose team make regular visits to licensed premises in the town and throughout the Borders, said: “The police welcome the decision of the Licensing Board where the licence for Frankies Bar has been suspended for a period of three months.

“This sends a clear message to those persons involved in the sale of alcohol that the standards set out in the terms and conditions of the licence must be met.

“There is clear reference between alcohol and offending within the Scottish Borders and everyone involved in the sale and supply of alcohol have an obligation to maintain high standards in the running of their premises. This has been a premises which has not met these standards.”

AN application by Wetherspoon to increase the current terminal hour for children and young persons on Sundays to Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm was approved.