boxing match leads to fine of £6,500 for hotel firm
District Council has prosecuted Latona Leisure Ltd, trading as the
Webbington Hotel and Spa at Loxton, following reports of a fight
amongst the audience at a boxing event held at the hotel last November.
case was heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Friday, 28th
September, and the Company, following a guilty plea, was fined £6,500
and Sedgemoor District Council was awarded £749 costs.
District Council spokeswoman said: "Boxing matches are licensable
activities under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003
and Latona Leisure holds a premises licence for the Webbington Hotel."
that licence, whilst authorising the premises for the sale of alcohol
and the provision of live and recorded music and dancing, did not
authorise boxing matches. Consequently, the boxing event held on
18th November 2017 was an unlawful licensable event and therefore
an offence under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003."
addition, a major concern for the Council as licensing authority
in this case is how little day-to-day knowledge there was of the
licensing legislation held by members of the Webbington management
team that authorised the event, especially given that they admitted
not knowing their licence did not authorise boxing."
mitigation on behalf of Latona Leisure it was stated that this was
not a case of deliberate avoidance but one of omission for which
the company duly apologised."
passing sentence, the Chairman of the Bench stated that the company
had a legal obligation to know and adhere to the terms of their
and the ambulance service were called to the Webbington following
a fight amongst the audience, on the night of 18th November 2017.
Police investigations revealed that the fight involved several participants
with two people subsequently being taken to hospital.
council adds: "It was noted that drink had been served in glass
receptacles rather than plastic and that approximately 270 tickets
had been sold."
management team had assumed that White Collar Boxing (who ran the
event) held a licence for the event but accepted that nobody had
checked with them. The management were also unaware of the current
location of the licence despite it being a requirement of the legislation
that a copy of the licence be prominently displayed at the premises."
Collar Boxing is a major supporter of Cancer Research and the event
held on 18 November 2017 was in support of the charity. Latona Leisure
fully co-operated with the Council during the investigation and
fully accepted and admitted their culpability."