Pub closed after crime ring claims

PUBLISHED: 15:13 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 25 August 2010

A PUB has closed after its license was suspended following drugs and firearms raids by police.

A PUB has closed after its license was suspended following drugs and firearms raids by police.

Bromley council's Licensing Sub Committee ruled last Thursday that the license for the Walkabout pub in Bromley High Street should be reviewed after police provided evidence of criminal activity at the venue.

At the meeting, PC Andrew Waddington provided a statement that claimed that numerous incidents had taken place at the venue since it opened in 2005 including violence, disorder, drug possession and dealing, drink spiking, drunken behaviour and under age sales.

In recent months, police have also acted on intelligence that the venue was being used by a gang of Eastern Europeans dealing in Class A drugs including cocaine, possession of firearms and assault.

Tony Owen, Chairman of the Licensing Committee at Bromley council said: "Police intelligence led them to believe that serious criminal activity was associated with the pub and in those circumstances the Licensing Sub Committee had no hesitation in suspending the licence pending a full review hearing."

Following the raid on the Walkabout pub, police made a series of arrests at properties in in Bromley, Shortlands, Bickley and Elmers End.

Seven men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of drugs, firearms and money laundering offences.

They were bailed to return to Bromley Police pending further investigation.

Edmond Gega, 31, a chef of Station Road, Bromley was charged with possession of false identity documents with intent.

He appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court last Thursday and was remanded in custody before appearing at Croydon Crown Court on a date to be set.

Unemployed Nexhip Shehi, 21, of Blann Close, Eltham was charged with robbery on the same day and has been remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court on December 8.

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