Last orders for General Smuts


The Shepherds Bush pub has been banned from selling alcohol, particularly on match days.


By Natasha Barr

A football supporters’ pub in Shepherds Bush has been banned from selling alcohol after it failed to comply with licensing laws particularly on match days.

The General Smuts on Bloemfontein Road, a stone’s throw from Queens Park Rangers, was issued with a Section 19 notice following a police license check in July.

Undercover police found no improvements in the conduct of the pub in August when QPR played Bolton Wanderers. As a result, Hammersmith and Fulham Council have confiscated the license.

Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, chairman of the Licensing Sub-Committee, said: “We are calling last orders on the advice of the police who are deeply concerned about the crime and disorder that stems from the General Smuts.”

Concerns were first raised in May after 15 Leeds United supporters raided the pub.

The hooligans were able to because there were no door supervisors on duty which is against the licensing rules on match days – they should have had three.

During the attack, Yasser Hamouda, the license holder was attacked with a chair.

In a report to the council, the police stated the General Smuts had failed to keep a record of complaints.

The pub’s restaurant and function room are still allowed to open and it has 21 days to appeal the verdict from the date the decision letter is issued.

However the doors remained closed despite a QPR home game on Saturday.

A nearby kebab-shop owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I am very glad it is closed, it makes trouble in the area.”

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