Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Celebrity Pub Censure; Guy Ritchie'strendy Hotelfaces Checks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Celebrity Pub Censure; Guy Ritchie'strendy Hotelfaces Checks

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LONDON residents have hit back at British filmmaker Guy Ritchie and the celebrities that frequent his pub, with the local council slapping restrictions on their nocturnal partying.

Residents of London's upmarket Mayfair neighbourhood complained that The Punch Bowl hotel had been transformed into a rowdy party venue since Ritchie, the former husband of pop star Madonna, took ownership in May 2008.

Celebrities, paparazzi and crowds flocked to the pub, with residents complaining of broken glass, noise and people urinating against their houses.

The City of Westminster Council this week imposed conditions on the pub, ordering Ritchie and his co-owners to keep drinking patrons indoors after 8pm. Staff also have to make hourly checks outside for glasses and rubbish.

C[pounds sterling]I don't believe we need to invoke or suspend the licence at this stage. Instead we have introduced tighter controls,C[yen] councillor Alan Bradley said.

Piers Adam, a director of the pub, welcomed the council's decision. …

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