A PUB landlord has been allowed to keep his licence after police requested it be removed.
Calderdale councillors rejected the police’s request to suspend the licence of the William IV pub at Sowerby Bridge for three months after hearing it would financially ruin the business.
The landlord, Phillip Baker, is facing court action for an alleged assault on a police officer and Trading Standards officer at the pub after it failed an under-age test purchase operation.
Calderdale’s licensing panel chairman, Clr Simon Young, said that councillors believe “a severe and stern warning should be given to the licence holder in relation to failure of application of the age verification policy.”
In August, two teenage girls aged 14 and 15 bought alcohol at the William IV, known as William’s Bar, at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, during a police operation.
The landlord’s son sold alcohol to the girls. He later told officers he was not aware it was an offence to sell alcohol to people under the age of 18.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards officers and police officers then entered the pub to issue a fine.
But an alleged assault is said to have taken place – and Mr Baker was arrested.
Police called for a licence review to consider issues relating to the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and the protection of children from harm.
In the report, Trading Standards wrote: “This is clearly not the sort of behaviour we would expect from someone holding such a responsible position.”
Mr Baker is claimed to have told the officers that they “use discretion” when groups enter the bar and that staff were busy at the time.
He denied the assault and will appear before a criminal court in January in connection with the incident.
The pub has said it will bring in an external company to train staff about checking ID.