A pub has been closed for good following persistent Covid breaches and drugs related activity, police have said.

Cheshire police along with Halton's licencing team have shut down the Beehive Inn on Halebank Road, Widnes after complaints from the public.

Complaints included, underage drinking, Covid breaches and drug related activity at the premises.

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Police attended the pub on Sunday, May 30 and found drugs paraphernalia along with a sledge hammer and a machete.

There were also clear Covid breaches and the licensee, who was supposed to be in control of the premises, was intoxicated.

Due to the criminality and "obvious" licence and Covid breaches, an urgent application was submitted by police to remove the licensee as the designated supervisor., the him being formally removed on Tuesday, June 15.

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Chief inspector Becky Stokes, head of Widnes Local Policing Unit said: “I welcome the closure of these premises which demonstrate our commitment in making Cheshire a hostile place for criminals.

“I hope that this result provides reassurance to the local community and serves as a warning to those who have a significant detrimental impact on the quality of life of local residents through illegal and anti-social behaviour.

“The behaviour of both the licensee and the people visiting the premises has been totally unacceptable and I have no doubt that the closure will make a real difference to the local community.

“This has been a fantastic team effort and I would like to thank all of the officers involved in the closure, along with the brewery and local community for all the support that they have provided.”

The Beehive Inn has now closed indefinitely and will only reopen once a new licensee is found.