Whissendine landlord stripped of licence to sell alcohol for drink-driving offences

A PUB landlord has been stripped of his personal licence to sell alcohol after admitting two charges of drink-driving.

Mark Allen, 50, of the Three Horseshoes Inn, Main Street, Whissendine, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in Main Street, Whissendine, on November 22.

He was found to have 93 microgramms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Allen also admitted driving with excess alcohol in Teigh Road, Ashwell, on October 13. He was found to have 309mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

The court heard that Allen had one very high reading of alcohol and he had a serious accident.

He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and had his personal licence forfeited.

Allen was also banned from driving for three years, which may be reduced by nine months if he completes an approved driving course. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

Allen’s wife, who also holds a personal licence, is now landlady of the pub and has stressed that it’s business as usual.