Mayfield pub gets to keep its licence

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A Midlothian pub at the centre of a fatal stabbing in November last year has narrowly avoided losing its premises licence.

Meeting in Dalkeith last week, members of Midlothian Licensing Board voted 3-2 against a six-month suspension of the licence for The Rowantree Inn, in Eskview Road, Mayfield.

Midlothian police Chief Inspector Jim Royan, requesting a review of the licence, stated: “These premises have been subject to numerous incidents of violence, which have been reported previously to the board.

“ The premises are not operating in the manner expected of them and are failing to report incidents to police.

“There would appear to be a lack of management with untrained members of staff previously found to be working within.”

Mr Royan explained that, on inspecting the premises, police discovered that there was no certified copy of the summary of premises licence on display and the operating plan for the premise was not available.

Members of staff were found to have been trained appropriately but were not personal licence holders.

He said that offensive weapons had been readily available to patrons and that there had been no incident book.

While presenting a ‘Synopsis of Evidence’, Mr Royan added that offensive weapons had been behind the bar, and that a barred member of the public had been within the premises.

Alistair McDonald, representing the Rowantree, succeeded in convincing the Board that the press should be ejected from the meeting, as he was about to divulge “sensitive information”.

Clerk to the Board Alan Turpie later confirmed that a motion to suspend the pub’s licence had been defeated.