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Publican's licence under threat

PUBLISHED: 14:59 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 August 2010

A LANDLORD accused of being drunk and sleeping on the job has been pulled up for a licence review.

A LANDLORD accused of being drunk and sleeping on the job has been pulled up for a licence review.

William Golding, landlord of the Duke of Northumberland pub, in Bexley Road, Erith, was summoned to a licence review yesterday over allegations of poor management.

When a Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team visited the pub on June 18, officers found Mr Golding drunk on six pints of beer, according to the council's Licensing Sub-Committee.

On July 31 a test purchase was carried out at 7.45pm where three underage teenagers were sold cider.

Mr Golding had to be woken up to be formally told about the purchase.

He was also found drunk on two other police visits and failed to attend a meeting with police and council officers in September, according to the report.

Bexley Police seek to remove Mr Goldwing from the licence and to force his staff to take a course in preventing underage sales. The review was ongoing as the Bexley Times went to press.

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