The venue and store in Liverpool are facing a license test amidst police allegations of evidence of drug use.


3Beat Records will appear before members of the Council’s Licensing and Gaming Subcommittee on Thursday to defend its right to host the event.

A record store and venue in Liverpool is facing a review of its license later this week.

The police said they had found a number of problems on three separate visits to the venue, but the licence holder said it was no problem.

However, Merseyside police applied for a licence review in January after a series of visits to the premises.

The then licence holder had previously stated that he did not understand the reasons for the check and that the venue was problem-free.

The Slater Street store has licenses to sell alcohol and to host live music and indoor movie shows until midnight, so it can host events – although activities at most such venues are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report from Merseyside police, “During the visit, they found a metal bench outside where customers were smoking and drinking alcohol from 3Beat bottles on the street.

During the visits, which took place last December and January, a variety of problems were identified.

During the first visit, the officers said that they found evidence indicating that drugs had been consumed at 3Beat and that they had no access to the surveillance footage on the premises, which was a condition of the license.

“The officers went inside and talked to the one employee present. There was evidence of drug use (empty snatch bags) on the floor and on the seats upstairs. The police were not able to check the surveillance cameras because there was no monitor at the venue. After three visits, the police were still not able to check the surveillance cameras.

During later visits in December and January, problems were also found with the way the premises were being recorded and problems with customers bringing their own drinks. The police reported that this happened despite assurances that the problems would be addressed.

“The lonely employee knew the venue poorly, did not know who authorized the sale of alcohol, and was unable to provide a summary of the license”.

A report from a visit on January 18 said: “Again, there were several violations of the license, including no incident book, no book of denials, the door was wide open, access to video surveillance was not possible, customers brought drinks and drinks were taken outside.

Earlier this year, when the review was first requested, then license holder Thomas Toft told ECHO that he did not understand why the venue’s license was being reviewed and said the venue was undisturbed and was attracting a nice crowd.

“No control over the door as far as the coming and going of drinks is concerned. No drink price list, no summary of the license, drinks marked ‘Not for sale separately’.

The Council’s trade standards and licensing authorities have also submitted statements with the application, based on information in police reports indicating that the establishment has violated several aspects of its license.

3Beat was asked to comment.


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