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Crystal Palace fans’ pub in danger of losing licence due to ‘hooliganism’

A busy Crystal Palace supporters’ pub which police say is the “preferred location of football hooligans” is in danger of losing its licence.

Croydon MPS has recommended the council revokes the licence of The Portmanor, on Portland Road.

In their licence review application, police said the pub had become run down and was attracting the wrong crowd.

The application, dated January 30, says: “The Portmanor Public House has gone from a welcoming attractive community friendly venue to a run down tatty looking venue which is the preferred location of football hooligans who have been allowed to ‘mark’ the venue as their own.”

The police also claim the publican, Jeffrey Charles, gave assurances parties at the venue would stop but have started happening again.

The application adds: “The venue looks run down, the fixtures and fittings are old and worn and the CCTV is wholly inadequate.”

While Mr Charles is responsible for the day to day running of the venue, police say the premises licence holders Punch Taverns are equally to blame for the pub’s demise.

If Croydon Council’s Licensing Committee does not revoke the licence, police are recommending at least a suspension until certain conditions are complied with.

A Croydon MPS spokesman said: “We can confirm that officers from our Licensing Unit have requested a review of the premises licence for the Port Manor public house in South Norwood. This is due to a number of incidents of crime and disorder linked to the venue.”

The Advertiser tried contacting Mr Charles for a response, but all available numbers were not working.

Source: croydonadvertiser

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