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Police Win Cambridge Licensing Appeal

Jeremy Phillips QC

On July 18 Cambridge Magistrates upheld an appeal brought by the South Cambridgeshire Divisional Commander, Superintendent Simon Megicks, against the previous decision of Cambridge City Council granting a licence to JD Wetherspoons for a new pub on the Cambridge Leisure Park. The police were represented by Jeremy Phillips at both hearings.

The Force decided to take the case to appeal after Cambridge City Council granted the chain a licence to operate at the park, despite hearing police concerns regarding a high incidence of violent crime and disorder.

As reported in The Publican following the hearing, Superintendent Simon Megicks said: "We had great concerns that this new public house would increase anti-social behaviour and as such had a duty to the public to ensure we took the necessary action.

"Today's ruling has set a national precedent and we will continue to work with the local authority and partner agencies to do all we can to ensure the streets of Cambridge are a safe place for those who live in and visit the city."

Nathan Wall, Wetherspoons operations manager, said: "We are disappointed, it's a site we were hoping to open. We thought it would be a good addition to the area, and bring something to the leisure park they haven't got - the only places you can get something to eat and drink are restaurants. There are no public houses."