William the Conqueror pub in Manor Park stripped of licence over assault

A pub in Manor Park where a customer was assaulted and spent three weeks in a coma has had its licence revoked by Newham Council.

William the Conqueror public house in Romford Road was stripped of its legal right to stay open by the council’s licencing committee at the end of August, with councillors saying the pub had failed in its duty to protect customers.

The pub’s licence had already been suspended by the council after the incident on July 27th that saw a man in his 20s ejected from the pub and assaulted by at least two people.

He was left with head injuries, including bleeding from the ears, and was placed in an induced coma at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where medical teams feared for his life.

Two men have been charged, one with aggravated bodily harm and another with grievous bodily harm, in connection with the assault.

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The licensee has 21 days to lodge an appeal against the decision.

The council’s licencing committee heard that licence holder Sharanjeet Lalli was not in the bar during the incident, but was upstairs cooking dinner.

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When she saw the blue ambulance lights she contacted staff, who informed her the man had been thrown out of the pub. Councillors were told she did not investigate further or inform the police or Newham Council, the licensing authority, as required by licencing conditions.

Police said the this cost opportunities to gather evidence and catch the offenders.

Committee chair Cllr Ian Corbett said: “Our top priority is to ensure our public houses are being operated by reputable management teams that care about their customers, strive to protect them and sell alcohol in a responsible way.

“What we have seen today is a catastrophic breakdown in the management of the William The Conqueror pub and so we have decided to revoke the licence.”

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