Seven fined and Swansea pub closed after it was found serving people in early hours of the morning

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A city centre pub has been forced to close temporarily after police officers found it serving customers in the early hours of the morning.

The White Swan at the top of Swansea’s High Street was also found to have breached Welsh Government coronavirus guidelines.

Seven people were given fixed penalty notices by police officers following the incident in the early hours of November 22.

The pub now has 14 days to make changes to ensure it complies with regulations.

A Swansea Council spokesman said: “We want to thank the vast majority of hospitality businesses which are doing their level best to comply with the rules during these difficult times.

“However, we will not allow a small minority of businesses to flout the rules and will take firm action when necessary.”

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The White Swan was found to have failed to put into place adequate social distancing measures.

It has been ordered to change the layout of its premises, including installing barriers or screens and providing personal protective equipment for staff.

In addition, it has to review the control of its entrances and shared facilities such as toilets, and collect contact information from everyone attending the premises.

The business is situated in a part of High Street that has experienced a number of anti-social behaviour issues over recent years.

It was taken over by a landlord in early 2018 determined to transform it from an old-style boozer into a modern pop-up business with entertainment, craft beers and locally-sourced food.

But less than a year later he shut up shop, claiming he’d had enough of issues such as drugs, prostitution and violence on the streets outside.

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The final straw was an armed incident in the street outside his pub when police arrested a man on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm.

Temporary superintendent for South Wales Police, James Ratti, said: “South Wales Police is working with Swansea Council and the other six local authorities in South Wales on Joint Enforcement Teams (JETs) to continue supporting to the collective effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“Made up of police and council officers, the JETs take action against individuals, businesses and licensed premises which blatantly fail to comply with the regulations or repeatedly breach them.

“Our message to people and businesses who continue to flout the rules is clear: You need to do the right thing to stop the spread of coronavirus in our communities and if you show a blatant disregard for the rules then you should expect the police or our partner agencies to take enforcement action.”



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