A CONTROVERSIAL Pub
landlord was arrested while already on bail for suspected drugs offences.
David Earnshaw, the manager of Milner’s Pub
in Milner Road, Heswall, was arrested on Tuesday morning after police officers arrived at the Wirral Pub
to reports he was drunkenly smashing windows at the premises in an attempt to get in.
Neighbours alerted the police to the incident at 3.25am.
When patrols arrived, Mr Earnshaw explained he was the manager of the Pub
but had lost his keys and had valid grounds to attempt to gain entry.
The problem Pub
has a chequered recent History
, with repeated complaints by neighbours of noise and disorder, so officers searched the premises.
Mr Earnshaw was then arrested on suspicion of possesion of class A drugs, but since then the matter has been dropped.
A spokesman for Merseyside police said: “A 24-year-old man was arrested after police were called to Milner Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.”
He added: “The man was taken into custody and interviewed and later released without charge.”
At the time of the arrest, the 24-year-old landlord was on bail following an earlier arrest for possession of suspected cannabis and cocaine after a police search of the Pub
on December 27.
Mr Earnshaw is set to find out if charges will be brought against him in that matter when he answers police bail on February 10.
Meanwhile, he is preparing for an appeal hearing before Wirral council after councillors clamped down on Milner’s with a string of stringent new license conditions last year.
They included stipulating a new manager must be brought in to run the Pub
and rules stating bouncers were to be put on the doors, no more 18th birthday parties were to be held and trading hours reduced.
At the hearing, Sergeant Graham Parker, of Heswall neighbourhood police team, told councillors the Pub
had become the number one policing priority in the affluent town.
He said: “Generally this area is causing me a problem.
“We cannot police Heswall because we have to police the area surrounding the premises.”
Neighbour Maureen Goulding said when she raised concerns about drinkers using the car park and her garden as a toilet to Mr Earnshaw, they fell on deaf ears.
She told the committee: “It was 7am when I woken by a group of six lads on the roof of the terrace shouting.
“One of them was clearly David Earnshaw, with his trousers around his ankles – which I found unacceptable.”
But Mr Earnshaw lodged an appeal and, until this is heard on February 1, he is legally able to continue to run the Pub