Northern Ireland

Two more Belfast pubs close over licences

Two more pubs in Belfast have had to close because their drinks licences have expired.

According to the organisation Pubs of Ulster they are the Great Eastern and Cock and Hen bars in the east of the city.

On Friday, the Crown Bar in the city centre did not open after its licence expired in what was described as an administrative oversight.

It hopes to have the issue resolved by next Friday.

All three premises have different owners.

Colin Neill of Pubs of Ulster said: "We've seen three so far and I suppose I do expect more. We'll be putting out an appeal to all licensees to double check (their licences).

"It could possibly be a sign of the recession where more publicans have been hands on in the last few years. Putting in 80 hours a week behind a bar and maybe paper work slips and maybe here we're seeing the results."

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