AGC and FEC operator Walter Sheeran has been issued a “strict” warning by East Lindsey District Council, after police found six people drinking and dancing during a “business meeting” at his bar.
Police visited Miller’s Bar in Chapel St Leonards on 3 December 2020 following reports of loud music, and on discovering the activity, submitted a license review application to the local authority’s licensing committee.
“In a statement made in the police review application by PC Mick Dennett, it said that six people were found inside, who ‘all appeared to be in drink,’” reported Lincolnshire Live.
“In a further meeting with Mr Sheeran, as well as Sergeant Enderby, PC Casey, and Neil Brooks of the East Lindsey licensing team on 11 December, it was claimed by Mr Sheeran that the group had been “discussing a shipment/ order of stock due to arrive from China alongside COVID regulations.”
Defending Sheeran, barrister Sarah Clover noted that no members of the public were involved, all six attendees were on the payroll or were added after, all worked together on a daily basis, and that three lived in the same household.
“Miss Clover made representations that the coronavirus regulations did not require business meetings to be concluded as quickly as possible, and there was nothing to prohibit the consumption of alcohol and food whilst in the business meeting.” added a meeting report.