St Albans licensee defeats glass ban

By John Harrington

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A blanket ban on glass at a Hertfordshire bar has been overturned at magistrates. The result has been seen as a victory against calls for so-called...

A blanket ban on glass at a Hertfordshire bar has been overturned at magistrates.

The result has been seen as a victory against calls for so-called "high-risk" premises to switch to polycarbonate glassware in St Albans.

The bar — 24/7 in St Albans — was banned from serving drinks in glass containers at a licence review in May, which followed an assault at the premises. The licence was suspended for two months.

Licensee Ferdinand Konig appealed the suspension and licence conditions, including the compulsory use of polycarbonates. He wanted to attract a more "upmarket" customer who wouldn't accept a cocktail in a polycarbonate container.

James Anderson of Poppleston Allen, representing Konig, said: "The Police argument was based on the fact that the three other similar venues in St Albans, that are trading late with music and very little food, had already agreed voluntarily to have polycarbonates.

"There was clearly a police policy that these venues which the police termed 'high risk' should have polycarbonates to prevent incidents of glassing."

Anderson said the bar should be deemed "low risk" because no incidents had ever been reported involving either the use of a glass as a weapon, or injury caused by broken glass.

"They [the magistrates] indicated in their reasons that the local authority argued that it was 'desirable' for all venues to use polycarbonates but there is nothing in law that currently requires it."

Magistrates ordered St Albans District Council to pay unspecified costs to Konig.

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