A Liverpool record shop and events space faces a review of its licence later this week.
3Beat Records will go before members of the council’s licensing and gambling sub-committee on Thursday to defend its right to operate as an events space.
The Slater Street shop has licences to sell alcohol and host live music and indoor film screenings up to midnight, enabling it to hold events - although activities are on hold for most such venues at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Its then-licence-holder has previously said he did not understand the reasons for the review, and said the venue was trouble-free.
However, Merseyside Police applied for a review of the licence back in January after making a series of visits to the premises.
The visits, which took place last December and in January, found a variety of issues.
On the first visit, officers said they found evidence which suggested drugs had been used at 3Beat and were unable to access CCTV footage at the premises, a requirement of the licence.
A report from Merseyside Police said: “During the visit, they found a metal bench outside with customers smoking and drinking alcohol from bottles from 3Beat in the street.
“The officers went inside and spoke to the one employee present. There was evidence of drug use (empty snap bags) on the floor and on seats upstairs. The Police were unable to check CCTV, due to there being no monitor at the venue. The Police have still not been able to review the CCTV coverage after three visits.
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“The lone employee had poor knowledge of the venue, didn’t know who authorised the sale of alcohol and was unable to produce a summary of the licence.”
Subsequent visits later in December and in January also found issues with the way the premises’ records were kept and issues with customers bringing their own drinks. The police said this was despite reassurances that issues would be addressed.
A report from a January 18 visit said: “Again, there were several breaches of the licence, including no incident book, no refusals book, door wide open, unable to access CCTV, customers bringing drinks with them and drinks taken outside.
“No control of the door whatsoever in terms of drinks coming and going. No drinks price list, no summary of the licence, drinks with 'Not to be sold separately' on them.”
Earlier this year, when the review was first requested, then licence holder Thomas Toft told the ECHO he didn't understand why the venue's licence was being reviewed and said the venue was trouble free and drew a nice crowd.
The council’s trading standards and licensing authorities have also submitted representations with the application based on information within the police reports suggesting that the premises breached multiple aspects of its licence.
3Beat has been contacted for comment.