Community centre ban row

PUBLISHED: 11:40 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:43 06 May 2010

A MAN has been banned from a community centre for six months for taking a youngster into a bar on the premises. Thirty-one-year-old Anthony Willett went with an 11-year-old boy to watch a football match at the Grange Community Centre on Pelican Way in Let

A MAN has been banned from a community centre for six months for taking a youngster into a bar on the premises.

Thirty-one-year-old Anthony Willett went with an 11-year-old boy to watch a football match at the Grange Community Centre on Pelican Way in Letchworth GC.

Mr Willett, of the town's Burley, said: "I was told I wasn't allowed to take a youngster in with me.

"I was sworn at and told to get out.

"I was so shocked that I drank up and left.

"I was banned for six months and told I should have known that I shouldn't have taken a youngster into the community centre.

"But the youngster didn't cause any problems and we left when we were asked to.

"I thought community centres were supposed to be for the community.

"Other people have taken their children in there and there's been no problem.

"I had an appeal and I apologised but I am still banned.

"I have been going to the place for 23 or 24 years and this is outrageous."

A spokesman for the community centre's management committee said the minimum age for entry to the club is 14 and that on two previous occasions people have been asked to leave because they were accompanying children under the age limit.

She added: "As with regard to Anthony Willett's six-month suspension, this is due to him bringing an under-age person onto licensed premises which is against our premises licence issued by North Hertfordshire District Council.

"He also lied about the minor's age when approached by members of the management committee.

"The licensees are fully behind the members committee in suspending his membership."


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