Police call time on pubs after alleged disorder

Police called time on New Year celebrations as they closed down two pubs.

Officers were called to the The Crosshills Tavern, in Hemsworth, and The Masons Arms, in Ackworth, and used legislation to shut them down after reports of numerous incidents.

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Both pubs were ordered to close immediately by Inspector Ian Williams, of Castleford Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), in the early hours of New Year's Day.

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Police were called out three times to the Crosshills Tavern during New Year's Eve celebrations.

They made four arrests for public order offences and possession of controlled drugs.

At a hearing earlier this week, Pontefract Magistrates upheld the closure order and ruled that the pub should remain closed until a licensing review in 28 days time.

Officers were also called out to the Masons Arms on two occasions in connection with two assaults.

There were also some licensing infringements including drinking beyond the permitted hours.

Magistrates also upheld that closure order and ruled that the pub should remain closed until certain conditions were met.

Inspector Ian Williams said: "By taking this robust action, backed up by the courts, the public can be safe in the knowledge that they are being protected."