Northampton pub’s licence suspended after police find evidence of drug dealing

HQ pub in Great Russell Street, Northampton
HQ pub in Great Russell Street, Northampton

A Northampton pub where police found significant quantities of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines will remain closed until April after its licence was suspended.

At a meeting of Northampton Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday (Wednesday) members unanimously voted to immediately suspend the premises licence of the HQ pub in Great Russell Street after hearing evidence of the outcome of a recent police raid.

Speaking at the hearing, Constable David Bryan said 25 officers carried out a drugs warrant at pub on Saturday night and three people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

Mr Bryan said officers seized four 10kg bags of herbal cannabis, five bags of amphetamines and 10 bags of white powder suspected to be cocaine after completing a number of strip searches in the men’s toilets.

He said one person was arrested for obstructing the drugs search. A quantity of cash was also seized that was believed to be the proceeds of drugs supply.

Two people were given cannabis warnings and three cautions were issued for possession of amphetamines and cannabis.

At the meeting, Chris Nolan, the leaseholder of the pub, said he was happy for the pub to be closed down while the police carried out their investigations into the drugs offences.

Mr Nolan said they only had 14 months left of their lease to run and said the pub was “earmarked for development” when their contract finished as the trade “was not good”.

Councillor Christopher Malpas, chair of the licensing sub-committee, said the members decided to immediately suspend the pub’s licence to prevent further crime and disorder.

A full licensing hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 1 when the committee will decide if the pub can reopen.