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BIRMINGHAM: Police officer ‘threatened with rape by street drinker’

BIRMINGHAM: Police officer ‘threatened with rape by street drinker’

La Casa Boierului on York Road - image courtesy of Google

And a Romanian shop nearby should not be granted permission to sell alcohol due to the culture of anti-social behaviour in the area, it has been argued.

Due to go before Birmingham council’s licensing committee next week, La Casa Boierului is applying for a licence to serve alcohol until 10.30pm each night.

However the application has been met by objection from both West Midlands Police and local Cllr Gareth Moore, who both have concerns over the potential impact on the road.

York Road is in an area previously under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), meaning there are stricter rules around anti-social behaviour and loitering.

And, writing to the council, Cllr Gareth Moore (Cons, Erdington) argued that the application should be refused for that reason.

“Erdington High Street already suffers from street drinking and alcohol-related ASB and this is particularly significant at the Six Ways end,” he writes.

“We receive frequent complaints about street drinkers congregating during
the day outside Dixons and Domino’s Pizza, and so the provision of another premises selling alcohol is a serious concern.

“These concerns are shared by the Erdington neighbourhood policing team, who have to spend a significant amount of time dealing with complaints about ASB, and a female member of staff was recently threatened with rape by a street drinker.

“Sadly, this area of the High Street has deteriorated significantly due to the delay in renewing the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which has led to an increase in street drinking.

“The extent of the problem on the High Street is reflected in that it previously
had a PSPO and a cumulative impact policy – which demonstrates the sheer scale of the problem and the cumulative impact of so many off-licences in such a small area.

“The addition of another premises will exacerbate this situation further and mean that the premises would operate contrary to the Licensing Objectives and therefore the application should be refused for the reasons set out above.”

And Cllr Moore’s concerns are shared by West Midlands Police, who wrote to the council stating: “The premises is situated with-in an area that was previously covered by a cumulative impact zone due to high levels of anti-social behaviour and street drinking issues.

“Although the cumulative impact zone has been lifted, the issues mentioned are still ever present.

“Adding a licensed premises with the provision of alcohol will only add to the current issues and therefore no mitigating factors can be consider to promote the licensing objectives.”

The hearing will take place next Wednesday (Dec 8).

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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