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Tyrone pub shut down over breaches of Covid-19 regulations

Tomney's Bar in Moy, Co Tyrone
Brendan Hughes

A PUB in Co Tyrone has been shut down by police over breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

Tomney's Bar in Moy was issued a prohibition notice last Friday, and must remain closed until police are satisfied it is adhering to coronavirus restrictions.

It is only the third licensed premises in the north to be issued with a prohibition notice for breaches of the regulations since bars reopened last month.

Notices have also been served on a venue in Coleraine on July 8 and in Bangor on July 12, police said.

The prohibition notice for Tomney's follows complaints from residents over large crowds flocking to the nightspot in recent weeks.

Councillors received complaints that revellers were trampling through residential gardens in an attempt to gain access to a temporary beer garden area.

The prohibition notice relates to breaches of restrictions such as having no table service.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police have been engaging with licensees across Mid Ulster to ensure there is clear understanding of and adherence to the Health Regulations.

"We received a number of reports in relation to a licensed premises in the Moy.

"A prohibition notice was issued to the licensee on Friday August 7 along with a fixed penalty notice for breach of the regulations."

The small fine of about £60 issued to the licensee was later rescinded, police said.

The spokesman said the premises is to "remain closed until police are satisfied Covid regulations are being adhered to".

At a council meeting last month, concerns were raised that Moy had become a "nightmare" for residents at weekends as hoards of young people descended on the village to enjoy the nightlife.

DUP councillor Clement Cuthbertson said: "My phone has been red hot in the past few weeks.

"There is a serious situation in Moy and action needs to be taken by both the council and the PSNI before there is a tragedy.

"Residents are going berserk in relation to what is going on."

The council later said it and the PSNI had been "engaging with licensed premises in relation to noise, licensing and Covid-19 guidelines".

Sinn Féin councillor Dominic Molloy urged young people to be mindful of residents when on a night out in Moy.

"Come and enjoy your night out, go home when it's time to go home, and if you can't get onto the premises, go home."

Pubs were permitted to reopen on July 3, although with continued restrictions in an attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Those serving meals can reopen indoors on a strictly table-service basis, while bars without food can open their outdoor spaces such as beer gardens for table service only.

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