CCTV showed Northampton bar was open four hours after closing time

The CCTV image is being presented as evidence by Northampton Borough Council that New Bar Serengeti was serving customers past its 2am licence. The image was taken at 6am.
The CCTV image is being presented as evidence by Northampton Borough Council that New Bar Serengeti was serving customers past its 2am licence. The image was taken at 6am.

A bar in Northampton could lose its licence after CCTV showed customers there four hours after closing time.

New Bar Serengeti, in Wellingborough Road, was captured in footage taken during July that suggested at least 17 people were still in the bar at 3.37am when it is supposed to close at 2am.

On the same date, the footage shows at least four people in the bar at about 6.10am, more than four hours after it should have closed.

And evidence that will be put before councillors shows that, on a third occasion, PC Daniel Bleach spotted through the bar’s window that drinks were seemingly being served from a draught pump at 2.45am.

He said: “As I approached the window, I noticed several people inside who still had full pints of beer.

“There were also several others who had bottles of alcohol that appeared over half full.

“I asked [the man behind the bar] about the pints I had seen him pulling. He denied serving alcohol and stated he had been serving customers water from the pumps.”

PC Bleach said the barman told him he was waiting for people to leave.

But the officer added: “In my opinion, people were not leaving as music was still on loud and some people still had full drinks and were dancing.”

Councillors at next week’s hearing will also be shown a transcript of an interview by council officers of licence holder Daniel Kituno.

Mr Kituno said he could not say for sure why the evidence showed so many people going in and out of his bar after 2am.

He gave several possible explanations, including that the people shown may have been family members staying to chat, or people who had left possessions coming back to look for them.

During the interview, Mr Kituno said he had wanted a licence until 5am, but his applications to open until later had been refused.

He said: “What do we do to sort this out? If you’d give me a licence to close at 5am, we wouldn’t have this problem.”