Crime Stoppers

Section 48B of the Liquor Act – Commissioner’s Power to Suspend Licence

Friday 30-Nov-2018 16:41

Northern Territory Police have today exercised their powers under Section 48B of the Liquor Act and suspended a licensed premises in Alice Springs from trade for 48 hours.

Effective from 20 June 2018, the Liquor Act provides provision for a Delegated Police Officer to suspend a licensed premises from trade for a period of not more than 48 hours.  

On 1 August 2018, a warning was issued by Northern Territory Commissioner of Police, Reece P Kershaw APM, for Bojangles Restaurant and Saloon under Section 48B of the Liquor Act.

Police have detected a number of alleged breaches of the Liquor Act in the past week, as well as ongoing issues of antisocial behaviour in and around the licensed premises.

“I have considered the information provided to me in relation to these allegations, including the repeat nature of the incidents.

"The level of drunkenness and the correlation between alcohol consumption and offending (in particular domestic and family violence) is sufficient in my view that further offences of this type are likely, which would pose a threat to public safety, should alcohol service remain available to the community,” said Commander (Southern Command) Michael White APM.

Accordingly, Commander White has exercised his power under s48 and the liquor licence referred to as Bojangles Restaurant and Saloon is suspended commencing 12:30pm on Friday 30 November 2018 until 12:30pm Sunday 2 December 2018 (a period of not more than 48 hours).

“Working with our community is incredibly important, as they are often our eyes and ears,” Commander White said.

“This is a timely reminder to the community to report any instances of crime to police on 131 444, or 000 where urgent police attendance is required. The community can also provide information regarding crime anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”