The Lord Brooke in Walthamstow has had its licence revoked after police labelled it a 'drug haven'

The Lord Brooke in Shernhall Street has lost its licence to sell alcohol

The Lord Brooke in Shernhall Street has lost its licence to sell alcohol

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A pub which was described as a ‘haven’ for drugs dealers and users has lost its licence to sell alcohol.

The owners of the Lord Brooke in Shernhall Street, Walthamstow were told today that they were not trusted by police to properly manage the business.

Waltham Forest Council’s licensing committee heard about how the pub was raided by police and council officers in March who found drugs dealers, drug paraphernalia and illegal immigrants living upstairs.

Marc Witham, a council licensing officer, described how he found ‘screwed up paper’ in corners of the pub which had been used to wrap cocaine.

He also told the committee that there were bags used to hold cannabis stuffed in the top of the toilet and high readings for cocaine residue around the pub and on the bar counter.

Desilu Estates Limited took over the running over the pub in 2010. The company applied to turn the pub into a hostel the same year but planning consent was denied.

However, during police investigations it was discovered that they have been running the East London Hostel above the pub.

There are four rooms, each with two bunk beds advertised online for £15 per person per night.

PC Matt Brown said that the only solution was to revoke the licence.

He said: “We have absolutely no faith in Desilu.

“The company lacks the required skills to responsibly manage a pub.

“It would be very difficult for someone not to notice drug dealing in this pub. I can only imagine that the customers were in control of the pub, not the licensee.”

Desilu Estates Limited which is based in Islington suggested a number of measures which they would put in place to avoid closure.

Designated Premises Supervisor Sharmila Fernando claimed that she would personally manage the pub after being criticised by police for her lack of interaction with the business.

However, licensing officers and police agreed that it was too late.

The pub will have 21 days to appeal during which time it can remain open.

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5:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

GavinQ says...

...goodbye lord brooke - nice knowing you - hello flats...
...goodbye lord brooke - nice knowing you - hello flats... GavinQ
  • Score: 21

5:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

cynicalsue says...

....or mosque....
....or mosque.... cynicalsue
  • Score: 5

5:36pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

There are enough mosques in the borough, we need a gastro pub on the scale of the Nag Head as long as there is no cat fur in the potatoes with jackets.
There are enough mosques in the borough, we need a gastro pub on the scale of the Nag Head as long as there is no cat fur in the potatoes with jackets. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

6:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
There are enough mosques in the borough, we need a gastro pub on the scale of the Nag Head as long as there is no cat fur in the potatoes with jackets.
Roger and Flossy what a funny old pair
she got a pair of scissors and then cut off all his hair
To change the mood a little
I've been posing down the pub

I fancy this, I fancy that
I wanna be so flash
I give a little muscle
And I spend a little cash
But all I get is bitter
And a nasty little rash

And by the time I'm sober
I've forgotten what I've had
And everybody tells me
That it's cool to be a cat
Cool for cats
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: There are enough mosques in the borough, we need a gastro pub on the scale of the Nag Head as long as there is no cat fur in the potatoes with jackets.[/p][/quote]Roger and Flossy what a funny old pair she got a pair of scissors and then cut off all his hair To change the mood a little I've been posing down the pub I fancy this, I fancy that I wanna be so flash I give a little muscle And I spend a little cash But all I get is bitter And a nasty little rash And by the time I'm sober I've forgotten what I've had And everybody tells me That it's cool to be a cat Cool for cats jonny mash
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

sophieboo says...

This is HILARIOUS!! I booked to use the upstairs room in February to use for March. (I've had many parties there before when it was under different management) I called and laid deposits and everything seemed really great. They'd told me there were tables and chairs in the upstairs and i was to come a week before to sort out what i'd like to do with them. I got a call 7 days before my party that i couldn't use it as the owner was using it for storage and wasn't able to get rid of everything by the time the party was on (even though i booked well over a month in advance) - GUESS THEY COULDN'T GET RID OF THE CRACK HEADS hahahaha!! This is pretty funny!!!!
This is HILARIOUS!! I booked to use the upstairs room in February to use for March. (I've had many parties there before when it was under different management) I called and laid deposits and everything seemed really great. They'd told me there were tables and chairs in the upstairs and i was to come a week before to sort out what i'd like to do with them. I got a call 7 days before my party that i couldn't use it as the owner was using it for storage and wasn't able to get rid of everything by the time the party was on (even though i booked well over a month in advance) - GUESS THEY COULDN'T GET RID OF THE CRACK HEADS hahahaha!! This is pretty funny!!!! sophieboo
  • Score: 11

7:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

jackblack007 says...

sophieboo wrote:
This is HILARIOUS!! I booked to use the upstairs room in February to use for March. (I've had many parties there before when it was under different management) I called and laid deposits and everything seemed really great. They'd told me there were tables and chairs in the upstairs and i was to come a week before to sort out what i'd like to do with them. I got a call 7 days before my party that i couldn't use it as the owner was using it for storage and wasn't able to get rid of everything by the time the party was on (even though i booked well over a month in advance) - GUESS THEY COULDN'T GET RID OF THE CRACK HEADS hahahaha!! This is pretty funny!!!!
and you wanted this dustbin for a party , where did you end up ?

dixy fried chicken ?
[quote][p][bold]sophieboo[/bold] wrote: This is HILARIOUS!! I booked to use the upstairs room in February to use for March. (I've had many parties there before when it was under different management) I called and laid deposits and everything seemed really great. They'd told me there were tables and chairs in the upstairs and i was to come a week before to sort out what i'd like to do with them. I got a call 7 days before my party that i couldn't use it as the owner was using it for storage and wasn't able to get rid of everything by the time the party was on (even though i booked well over a month in advance) - GUESS THEY COULDN'T GET RID OF THE CRACK HEADS hahahaha!! This is pretty funny!!!![/p][/quote]and you wanted this dustbin for a party , where did you end up ? dixy fried chicken ? jackblack007
  • Score: 10

8:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
sophieboo wrote:
This is HILARIOUS!! I booked to use the upstairs room in February to use for March. (I've had many parties there before when it was under different management) I called and laid deposits and everything seemed really great. They'd told me there were tables and chairs in the upstairs and i was to come a week before to sort out what i'd like to do with them. I got a call 7 days before my party that i couldn't use it as the owner was using it for storage and wasn't able to get rid of everything by the time the party was on (even though i booked well over a month in advance) - GUESS THEY COULDN'T GET RID OF THE CRACK HEADS hahahaha!! This is pretty funny!!!!
and you wanted this dustbin for a party , where did you end up ?

dixy fried chicken ?
Hahahaha I cannot believe it I agree with you!

There is hope yet.

As for this pub, it was a nice pub years ago. I would not want my shindig there personally but it is a good location.

I thought there was a community buy out scheme and protection law against flats and mosques?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sophieboo[/bold] wrote: This is HILARIOUS!! I booked to use the upstairs room in February to use for March. (I've had many parties there before when it was under different management) I called and laid deposits and everything seemed really great. They'd told me there were tables and chairs in the upstairs and i was to come a week before to sort out what i'd like to do with them. I got a call 7 days before my party that i couldn't use it as the owner was using it for storage and wasn't able to get rid of everything by the time the party was on (even though i booked well over a month in advance) - GUESS THEY COULDN'T GET RID OF THE CRACK HEADS hahahaha!! This is pretty funny!!!![/p][/quote]and you wanted this dustbin for a party , where did you end up ? dixy fried chicken ?[/p][/quote]Hahahaha I cannot believe it I agree with you! There is hope yet. As for this pub, it was a nice pub years ago. I would not want my shindig there personally but it is a good location. I thought there was a community buy out scheme and protection law against flats and mosques? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 12

11:06am Thu 5 Jun 14

vickylid@gmail.com says...

It should not be turned in to flats or a mosque. That pub has been there a very long time. I love local history and im sick of seeing history pulled down. Okay the owners wasn't right but that shouldn't condemn the pub. I want it to a gastro pub or decent owners take it on.
It should not be turned in to flats or a mosque. That pub has been there a very long time. I love local history and im sick of seeing history pulled down. Okay the owners wasn't right but that shouldn't condemn the pub. I want it to a gastro pub or decent owners take it on. vickylid@gmail.com
  • Score: 16

8:36am Wed 2 Jul 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

It's up for sale now:-

http://www.rightmove
.co.uk/property-for-
sale/property-311367
06.html?utm_source=f
acebook&utm_medium=s
haring&utm_campaign=
buying

Anyone got a spare £680K lying around? :D
It's up for sale now:- http://www.rightmove .co.uk/property-for- sale/property-311367 06.html?utm_source=f acebook&utm_medium=s haring&utm_campaign= buying Anyone got a spare £680K lying around? :D VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 1

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