The Lord Brooke in Shernhall Street is a magnet for drug dealers and crime, according to police

Police officers raided the Lord Brooke pub in March

Police officers raided the Lord Brooke pub in March

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A pub described by police as a haven for drug dealers and users could be closed down.

The Lord Brooke in Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, is the subject of a licence review on Wednesday.

Police raided the premises in March and claim to have found evidence of open drug distribution and use.

Submitting evidence to the licencing committee ahead of the review, licensing officer Matt Brown said: “Police believe that the Lord Brooke is a haven for drug dealers and users because there is no control over the venue by the current licensee.

“My recommendation would be to revoke the licence as the licensing objective ‘prevention or crime and disorder’ is being seriously undermined.”

“The venue was swabbed and there were high readings for cocaine throughout the premises including the public area and bar counter.

“It was clear during this visit that there was a lack of control at the venue due to there being drugs paraphernalia everywhere.

“The entire bar area was crowded by a group clearly known to each other.

“It was evident that this group of males was not only openly admitting dealing and using at the venue but, alarmingly, no member of staff appeared to be doing anything about it.”

Police say they held two people they believe were living in the country illegally when they raided the pub again on March 26 and found an upstairs area had been converted into a hostel.

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7:45am Thu 29 May 14

Sam Hain says...

Another candidate to become a mosque perhaps?
Another candidate to become a mosque perhaps? Sam Hain
  • Score: 9

8:23am Thu 29 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Not before time.
Not before time. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

10:56am Thu 29 May 14

RichieA70 says...

Can this pub be nominated as a Community Asset before it too befalls the fate of the Waltham Oak - to become a mosque - or a supermarket, Paddy Power etc...
Can this pub be nominated as a Community Asset before it too befalls the fate of the Waltham Oak - to become a mosque - or a supermarket, Paddy Power etc... RichieA70
  • Score: 14

11:55am Thu 29 May 14

Davego says...

RichieA70 wrote:
Can this pub be nominated as a Community Asset before it too befalls the fate of the Waltham Oak - to become a mosque - or a supermarket, Paddy Power etc...
Certainly a good idea as there seems to be no limit....17 mosques now in the borough. The number will climb and bring congestion and noise wherever they spring up. We will have to wait and see just how the Waltham Oak scenario plays out but locals are extremely concerned that the site will bring in enough cars and people to cause disruption and congestion especially when it is in it's infancy as many will just want to see the new addition. Don't wait.... look into the ways you can protect vulnerable and historic sites and get a move on as these things can happen very quickly indeed.
[quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: Can this pub be nominated as a Community Asset before it too befalls the fate of the Waltham Oak - to become a mosque - or a supermarket, Paddy Power etc...[/p][/quote]Certainly a good idea as there seems to be no limit....17 mosques now in the borough. The number will climb and bring congestion and noise wherever they spring up. We will have to wait and see just how the Waltham Oak scenario plays out but locals are extremely concerned that the site will bring in enough cars and people to cause disruption and congestion especially when it is in it's infancy as many will just want to see the new addition. Don't wait.... look into the ways you can protect vulnerable and historic sites and get a move on as these things can happen very quickly indeed. Davego
  • Score: 14

1:46pm Thu 29 May 14

ChingyE4 says...

The article is about the pub being a haven for drug related activities and people taking heroin and cocaine. YET all people can comment about is 'oh please not another mosque'......Grow up!!
The article is about the pub being a haven for drug related activities and people taking heroin and cocaine. YET all people can comment about is 'oh please not another mosque'......Grow up!! ChingyE4
  • Score: -15

2:45pm Thu 29 May 14

Sam Hain says...

Doubtless the licence review on Wednesday will sort all this out.
Doubtless the licence review on Wednesday will sort all this out. Sam Hain
  • Score: 5

5:31pm Thu 29 May 14

Debbie2312 says...

ChingyE4 wrote:
The article is about the pub being a haven for drug related activities and people taking heroin and cocaine. YET all people can comment about is 'oh please not another mosque'......Grow up!!
If you live in Chingford and I am assuming you do from your user id as far as I am aware there is only 1 mosque in Chingford where as we have 17. I am not going to pass judgement on your comments, everyone has their points of view, except to say no one here needs to "grow up". Everyone here has raised serious and valid concerns for their area.
[quote][p][bold]ChingyE4[/bold] wrote: The article is about the pub being a haven for drug related activities and people taking heroin and cocaine. YET all people can comment about is 'oh please not another mosque'......Grow up!![/p][/quote]If you live in Chingford and I am assuming you do from your user id as far as I am aware there is only 1 mosque in Chingford where as we have 17. I am not going to pass judgement on your comments, everyone has their points of view, except to say no one here needs to "grow up". Everyone here has raised serious and valid concerns for their area. Debbie2312
  • Score: 7

3:46pm Fri 30 May 14

moremosquesdotcom says...

The Inspectorate has approved Faizan Islam plans for a Mosque

Yippee

This pub is next

Have a good day cuncellar Petter Baarnott

Ha ha ha
The Inspectorate has approved Faizan Islam plans for a Mosque Yippee This pub is next Have a good day cuncellar Petter Baarnott Ha ha ha moremosquesdotcom
  • Score: -7

3:48pm Fri 30 May 14

moremosquesdotcom says...

The Waltham Oak will beeeee a Mosque

Now for the next one, need 200 more Mosque's in Waltham Forest
The Waltham Oak will beeeee a Mosque Now for the next one, need 200 more Mosque's in Waltham Forest moremosquesdotcom
  • Score: -13

8:22pm Fri 30 May 14

red37red says...

more flats for l&q
more flats for l&q red37red
  • Score: 5

8:11pm Sun 1 Jun 14

escapefrome17 says...

Well 20 odd tyears ago when Dave ran it it was a haven for darts players with a well stocked trophy cabinet in the back room, darts is what it was known for plus the odd invite only 'exotic' function in the upstairs rooms...and anybody dealing would have been given very short shrift!
Well 20 odd tyears ago when Dave ran it it was a haven for darts players with a well stocked trophy cabinet in the back room, darts is what it was known for plus the odd invite only 'exotic' function in the upstairs rooms...and anybody dealing would have been given very short shrift! escapefrome17
  • Score: 4

11:47am Thu 5 Jun 14

vickylid@gmail.com says...

Davego wrote:
RichieA70 wrote:
Can this pub be nominated as a Community Asset before it too befalls the fate of the Waltham Oak - to become a mosque - or a supermarket, Paddy Power etc...
Certainly a good idea as there seems to be no limit....17 mosques now in the borough. The number will climb and bring congestion and noise wherever they spring up. We will have to wait and see just how the Waltham Oak scenario plays out but locals are extremely concerned that the site will bring in enough cars and people to cause disruption and congestion especially when it is in it's infancy as many will just want to see the new addition. Don't wait.... look into the ways you can protect vulnerable and historic sites and get a move on as these things can happen very quickly indeed.
Now it's lost its licence can we do anything aa a group. I live in this area and I am sick of seeing my home town turned in to an area fit for Muslims. I am not racist but I local history lover. I want to stand up for this.
[quote][p][bold]Davego[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichieA70[/bold] wrote: Can this pub be nominated as a Community Asset before it too befalls the fate of the Waltham Oak - to become a mosque - or a supermarket, Paddy Power etc...[/p][/quote]Certainly a good idea as there seems to be no limit....17 mosques now in the borough. The number will climb and bring congestion and noise wherever they spring up. We will have to wait and see just how the Waltham Oak scenario plays out but locals are extremely concerned that the site will bring in enough cars and people to cause disruption and congestion especially when it is in it's infancy as many will just want to see the new addition. Don't wait.... look into the ways you can protect vulnerable and historic sites and get a move on as these things can happen very quickly indeed.[/p][/quote]Now it's lost its licence can we do anything aa a group. I live in this area and I am sick of seeing my home town turned in to an area fit for Muslims. I am not racist but I local history lover. I want to stand up for this. vickylid@gmail.com
  • Score: -2

12:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

vickylid@gmail.com says...

ChingyE4 wrote:
The article is about the pub being a haven for drug related activities and people taking heroin and cocaine. YET all people can comment about is 'oh please not another mosque'......Grow up!!
Go and read the comments from the guy below who clearly wants to overrun e17 with mosques and laughs about it. He wants another 200. Are we being stupid or is our home town vanishing before our eyes. Like debbie said we are locals and do have a right to voice our opinions. prosecute the people and find owners that can run a pub. Like deb said. One mosque in chingford. Maybe you could suggest a local pub of yours to take its place?
[quote][p][bold]ChingyE4[/bold] wrote: The article is about the pub being a haven for drug related activities and people taking heroin and cocaine. YET all people can comment about is 'oh please not another mosque'......Grow up!![/p][/quote]Go and read the comments from the guy below who clearly wants to overrun e17 with mosques and laughs about it. He wants another 200. Are we being stupid or is our home town vanishing before our eyes. Like debbie said we are locals and do have a right to voice our opinions. prosecute the people and find owners that can run a pub. Like deb said. One mosque in chingford. Maybe you could suggest a local pub of yours to take its place? vickylid@gmail.com
  • Score: 0

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