Trouble hit Leeds pub in closure threat EXCLUSIVE

The Royal Hotel, Town Street, Armley.
The Royal Hotel, Town Street, Armley.
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A trouble-hit pub in Leeds could be shut down if drinkers and bosses don’t “up their game” and root out the drugs.

Senior police have issued the no-nonsense warning to bosses of The Royal in Town Street, Armley.

The popular watering hole re-opened a year ago following a major revamp and new ownership.

But police say trouble has escalated in recent months and last week three people were arrested and cautioned for drugs offences following a raid.

Door staff were also reported to licensing bosses by police for failing to display their badges correctly.

Insp Mark Wheeler, senior neighbourhood officer for the Armley area, told a community meeting this week: “There have been allegations of drug-dealing and underage drinking at The Royal.

“They have been given some words of warning...that they have to up their game. They will be getting [another] visit. If worst comes to the worst, we will have to shut them down.

“We are not out to shut businesses who are doing their best [to deal with] a difficult environment.”

Following the recent raid, a 17-year-old man from Armley was issued with a formal reprimand for possession of a class B drug, a 23-year-old man from Armley was cautioned for possession of cocaine and a 35-year old man from Wortley cautioned for possession of a class B drug.

Insp Wheeler added after the meeting: “Ensuring that licensees are abiding their conditions of trading forms an important part of reducing alcohol-related disorder in the area and, as can be seen in this case, we will draw upon extra and specialist resources to make thorough checks. We work closely with licensees through the Pub Watch scheme. Arrests will be made and partner agencies notified of any breaches or crimes that occur on licensed premises.”

He said a report had now been submitted to the council’s licensing department.

The YEP contacted The Royal for comment but did not receive a response.


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