licensing board tells business to shut at 11pm after it employed unlicensed door stewards

Hotel ordered to close doors early over safety fears

By nichola rutherford

Published: 16/07/2008

A Nairn hotel will be forced to close at 11pm every night after senior police officers raised concerns that it was a “threat to public order and safety”.

Inspector Dave Bushell, of Northern Constabulary, told members of Highland Council’s licensing board in Inverness yesterday that licensee Bob Beckwith of the Victoria Hotel broke the law by employing unlicensed door staff.

He revealed details of an alleged assault involving an off-duty door steward on the premises earlier this year and he urged councillors to restrict the hotel’s opening hours.

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