Chingford pub may bar teens on weekend nights after double-stabbing

Local police are calling for big changes after becoming “concerned about the escalation of violence”

By Victoria Munro

Rusty Bike in Chingford (credit: Google Streetview)

A Chingford pub popular with younger people may have to start barring those under 21 and searching bags on weekend evenings after a string of violent crimes. 

Rusty Bike Chingford in Station Road is open until 1am on Friday and Saturday and saw five crimes reported in or just outside the pub in a year, according to local police.

These include a woman being hit over the head with a glass by a man who had “sat at her table unwanted” and a member of door staff being assaulted while trying to break up a large fight. 

Most recently, on 11th November, local police claim a 19-year-old was allowed inside the pub with a knife, later used to stab two young men nearby after a fight inside the building.

Police requested Waltham Forest Council’s licensing committee hold a special meeting to discuss possible changes at Rusty Bike, explaining they are “concerned about the escalation of violence”.

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In her submission to the committee, PC Kerry-Ann Tilley said of the November incident that, if either party involved had been asked to leave after the argument, “it is likely the assault [outside] would not have taken place”.

She also noted that the suspect was not searched or asked to show ID when entering and that the pub seems to attract a younger crowd.

However, she conceded that the manager and owner “are passionate about the business” and “have shown willingness to implement change”.

Changes to the licence suggested by police include only allowing customers 21 or older from 8pm on weekends or on match days, as well as introducing bag searches, metal-detecting wands and ID scanners during these times.

In an email sent to the committee, the area’s three local Conservative councillors – Kay Isa, Mitchell Goldie and Sazimet Palta-Imre – echoed the police’s concerns.

Speaking on behalf of her fellow ward councillors, Cllr Isa wrote: “We regularly get complaints from residents on Connaught Avenue and Farnley Road about patrons leaving the [pub] and continuing to drink on the surrounding roads.”

Waltham Forest Council’s licensing committee will meet tomorrow at 2pm in the town hall to discuss the issue and hear from both the business and local police.

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