NEW Leek Wetherspoon pub The Green Dragon has confirmed that it has already barred 10 people from the premises since it opened last month.
Following reports of several people being "kicked out" of the premises since it opened its doors at the former Swan Hotel in St Edward Street, Leek, on July 16, the Post & Times asked the company how many people it had actually barred from the premises.
The company also confirmed that a senior manager from the premises had attended a recent Pub Watch meeting in the town, which is compulsory as part of the terms and conditions of their licence.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “To date approximately 10 people have been barred from the premises.
“The decision each of the people has been made by the manager after speaking with community officers.
“Wetherspoon completely backs the manager’s decision.
“The majority of those barred had already been barred from other pubs and we do not wish them to use The Green Dragon.
"Ben, the pub manager, has confirmed that although he was unable to attend the Pub Watch meeting Ashleigh, senior manager, attended instead.
"Ashleigh was definitely there as he was handed paperwork from the police for Ben to complete and sign."
The pub, which has cost £1.48 million to renovate and has created 40 jobs, has seen thousands of visitors pass through its doors since it opened.
Manager Ben Lichfield said: "We have been non-stop since the pub opened which is great.
"Although the majority of people who come in have been fine you do get the odd trouble maker, like any other pub.
"Everyone deserves a chance but we want to make sure the pub remains a family-friendly environment."
Inspector Clare Riley, commander of Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team (LPT), said: "We have worked very closely with the landlord of the Green Dragon in the run-up to, and during, its recent opening and will continue to do so.
"However the decision to bar certain individuals from the Green Dragon is the decision of the landlord.
"We have a very good working relationship with all licensees across the town centre and work in partnership with them as part of Operation Safer Nights, the force's ongoing initiative to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.
"We are committed to driving down such crime and welcome all opportunities to work with partner agencies and local businesses to keep people safe and reassured."