Pubs referred to Liquor Licensing Authority
CHE BAKER IN ALEXANDRA
Two Central Otago hotels are being referred to the Liquor Licensing Authority after concerns were raised by police about intoxicated patrons in their bars during the weekend.
On Friday night at 9.50pm Alexandra police were called to the Criterion Hotel, in Alexandra, after a serious assault occurred when two women become involved in a fight and one was hit over the head with a ‘‘big bott’’ beer bottle.
Sergeant Dave Greaves, of Alexandra, said when police arrived to assist the woman, another fight broke out but ended before police could intervene.
The woman was taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance and treated for facial injuries and her attacker is facing charges of injuring with the intent to injure and fighting.
‘‘Given the level of violence and level of intoxication of other patrons the bar was closed,’’ Mr Greaves said.
A short time later Cromwell police were called to the Bannockburn Hotel after reports of disorder and fighting.
Three officers from Alexandra were called to help and the bar was closed after the bar manager acknowledged there were several intoxicated people.
Mr Greaves said no-one was arrested.
‘‘On occasions it happens (drunk patrons in a bar). It’s just about bar managers managing their patrons and not the patrons managing the bar,’’ Mr Greaves said.
Liquor Licensing Authority officers in Cromwell will be visiting the Bannockburn Hotel this week and information about the bar manager and the incident in the bar at the Criterion Hotel will be passed on to the authority, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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