Gayfield pub was overcrowded

Tutties Neuk will receive a written warning.
Tutties Neuk will receive a written warning.

At a special meeting of Angus Licensing Board in Forfar on Wednesday, members considered license reviews for two Arbroath premises.

They decided that the licensee of Tutties Neuk, Alan Graham Shand, will receive a written warning after allegations of overcrowding and restricted access by Scottish Fire and Rescue Manager David Stapley were upheld.

In a report to the board, he stated that on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 7 p.m. consumption of alcohol was taking place on the pavement outside the premises blocking means of escape from the premises in the event of fire.

And on the same date and time, the premises was overcrowded with approximately 200 patrons within the premises against a licensed capacity of 98 people, both allegations failing to comply with the licensing objective of securing public safety.

The occasion was a visit of Rangers FC to Gayfield Park, just over the road, for a league match.

The board had also been asked to review the license of De Vitos Nightclub at 11 Millgate by Chief Inspector Caroline Scobbie, of Police Scotland, Tayside Division.

In a lengthy letter to the board, she outlined her concerns following an alleged assault by one of the door stewards on a customer.

However, the board decided that they could not consider the review until after the trial of the doorman, so the matter was adjourned.