The Case pub praised by Police for agreeing Halloween party early finish despite having right to go late into the night

The Case.

The Case. - Credit: Archant

A pub has been praised after agreeing to end a Halloween fancy dress party two hours earlier than required.

Ben Matthews, manager of The Case in Wisbech, was given a temporary entertainments licence by Fenland District Council’s licensing committee to open until 3am.

But, following police concerns about crime and disorder, Mr Matthews has taken the decision himself to shut at 1am.

Cambs Police Sgt Dave Bax said: “The committee agreed to allow a 3am temporary event to take place despite police advice.

“Sue Davies, Cambs Police anti-social behaviour reduction team spokesman, met with Ben Matthews who agreed that he had taken the police position very seriously, and always works closely with them.

“He will close at 1am as currently on his licence and not as allowed by the Temporary Events Notice, which is his right.

“The police are very reassured by his approach to this issue and thank him for his approach to a difficult situation.”