Northampton bar could have alcohol licence withdrawn

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Northamptonshire Police has applied for a review of the alcohol licence at a bar in Northampton town centre, which was owned by a man who has been jailed for 20 years for supplying cocaine.

Joseph O’Neill, aged 36, of Jacques Road, Burton Latimer, who owns Ice Lounge, in Bridge Street, was described in court as the head of a criminal gang in Northamptonshire which helped to supply large quantities of high purity cocaine across the county border into Cambridgeshire.

During a trial at Leicester Crown Court, David Herbert, prosecuting, alleged O’Neill had used the profits from his dealing of cocaine to buy the Ice Lounge bar and to carry out a refurbishment of the premises in 2011.

Mr Herbert told the court O’Neill was “posing as a legitimate businessman, but in reality his lifestyle was being funded by his involvement in the supply of cocaine”.

Northamptonshire Police has applied to Northampton Borough Council for a review of the Premises Licence on the grounds of securing the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety due to a number of “incidents” at the premises.

Any interested party or responsible authority wishing to make any comment on the licence review for Ice Lounge must do so in writing to The Licensing Department at The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, by March 14, 2014.