Hotel fined for breaching licensing conditions

COFFS Harbour's Plantation Hotel has been ordered to pay $2200 in fines for breaching a number of its licensing conditions.

The venue's manager Dennis Morton appeared before the Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday - pleading guilty to stockpiling, and permitting intoxication on licensed premises.

The offences occurred on Februay 8 during an operation by Coffs-Clarence LAC and the Alcohol Licensing Enforcement Command.

The court heard that covert police had stockpiled drinks during the operation.

By 2:44am they had stockpiled seven alcoholic beverages.

When the venue ceased trading at 3am those beverages were still on display.

Under this condition, the licensee should ensure patrons do not stockpile glasses or have more than two drinks on their person after the cessation of sale.

On the matter of permitting intoxication on licensed premises, police observed a highly intoxicated man at 12:45am.

The court heard that the man was observed to be falling asleep and having difficulty holding his straight.

Magistrate Jeff Linden handed fines of $1100 for each of the matters.

Convictions were recorded.

Coffs Clarence LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the safety of entertainment venues was a continued focus for police.

"18 months ago we commenced (an operation targeting alcohol related crime) which initially saw the focus on personal responsibility," Inspt. Jameson said.

"Since that time, we've issued over $150,000 in on-the-spot fines. 

"The focus also remains on licensed premises that fail to comply with their licensing conditions.

"Young people in this area need to know when they go out for a night out, that they're not going to be targeted by drunken yobbos who engage in violent and unlawful behaviour."



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