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Drugs found in Ship toilets

PUBLISHED: 10:18 08 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 25 August 2010

A pub could lose its licence after cocaine was found in the toilets and a regular was arrested with what police believe to be 11 wraps of class A drugs.

A pub could lose its licence after cocaine was found in the toilets and a regular was arrested with what police believe to be 11 wraps of class A drugs.

Bexley police have recommended to the council that

The Ship pub in West Street, Erith, have its licence revoked at a meeting tomorrow after a string of incidents dating back more than 17 months led to it having its licence temporarily suspended on June 14. Despite this 68 residents and patrons have written to the council asking councillors to keep the pub opposite the West Street Youth and Family Centre open.

Swabbing of the toilets in February this year found higher levels of cocaine than previously recorded. On May 22 this year police arrested a regular customer with what is believed to be 11 wraps of cocaine and a large ball of white powder.

On April 6 last year the landlady called police about a man with a knife outside a pub threatening people. Officers found the knife hidden nearby and arrested a man.

In their submission for tomorrow's meeting licence holders John and Caroline Panetta deny obstructing the police or that they have received frequent and repeated advice and guidance from the police in relation to drug misuse or that they failed to take steps to avoid drug dealers going to the pub.

The statement reads: "John and Caroline Panetta have reacted very positively to the review application. They have had a constructive dialogue with the relevant authorities, and put in place a detailed programme to address concerns.


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