Ex-publican did not disclose record

A FORMER publican has been fined for failing to disclose a criminal conviction relating to drugs.

Businessman Robert Agar, who has mainly worked in the soft drinks industry and used to be licensee of Egstow Club in Clay Cross, received a suspended jail sentence in January for allowing premises to be used for the production of cannabis.

But he failed to disclose his criminal record when he applied for a licence to sell cooking wine at an oriental food store owned by his wife.

Police informed the licensing authority – North East Derbyshire Council – of the conviction.

Agar, aged 51, of Southwood Chase, Calow Lane, Calow, admitted he failing to inform the licensing authority - North East Derbyshire Council - and was fined £281 with £35 costs.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court, said: “He should have disclosed the conviction to the relevant licensing authorities but he didn’t do that. He hasn’t follow the regulations.”

Phil Bloore, for Agar, said: “There is an obligation on the licensee to notify the licensing authority of a conviction. He accepts he must have received a letter setting out this obligation.

“With all the worry about the proceedings at the crown court and the possible custodial sentence, it never occurred to him to let the licensing authority know.

“Derbyshire Police knew what was going on and he thought that was sufficient.”