A town centre pub could be prosecuted for selling booze illegally.
Police and Kirklees Council licensing officers raided The Plumbers Arms in Huddersfield town centre at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon with the intention of shutting the place down.
But the dozen or so drinkers enjoying a Friday afternoon pint were spared the indignity of being turfed out into the rain after officers agreed to give the landlords of the Macauley Street pub a few more days to get their affairs in order.
It is thought technically the pub sold alcohol illegally throughout the Christmas and New Year period as it did not have the correct documents.
Pc Leon Stansfield and Kirklees Council licensing officer, Mike Skelton, said they had been assured the missing Designated Premises Supervisor paperwork would be completed online immediately.
Mr Skelton said the managers of the premises had failed to complete the paperwork despite a previous warning in early December.
Pc Stansfield said they would check it had been done on Monday and if not the pub would be closed.
“We don’t want to close down a town centre pub if they are able to sort this straight away,” added Pc Stansfield.
The paperwork costs just £23 to complete but fines for not having it can be several thousand pounds.
Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Police will now review whether to prosecute the pub’s landlords.
The pub has been a feature of the town centre for many decades.