A BAR in Boscombe will not have its alcohol licence revoked after its owners agreed to sell the business.

Long-running concerns about Riviera in Christchurch Road, culminating in a “serious incident” of disorder in October, prompted Dorset Police to call it in for review.

But on Tuesday (February 4) councillors agreed not to take any action against the business after being told its owners would be “stepping away as soon as possible”.

The licence review was called by Dorset Police in the wake of a “disturbance” in the early hours of October 28.

Four arrests were made but all were later released with no further action taken.

“This latest incident in particular evidences that despite this extensive support and engagement, the licensing objective to prevent crime and disorder is not being promoted,” police licensing officer Louise Busfield said.

Before the review was heard by a BCP Council licensing sub-committee on Tuesday, discussions had taken place between Ms Busfield and solicitor Philip Day who has represented the bar’s management.

As a result of these, it was accepted that the current owners of the bar would leave with the business sold to two current employees.

Mr Day said “significant improvements” had already been made, although the transfer has yet to be completed.

“I’m not going to defend what’s gone on here previously,” he said. “The fact that a review was called did serve as a wake up call, particularly as it said they did not have confidence in the owners.”

He said work to address defects identified by Dorset fire service would also be completed within the coming days.

But concerns were raised about the potential for further incidents of disorder to take place during the transition.

Council licensing officer Michelle Fletcher said they had had to visit more than 20 times in the last three years in a bid to resolve problems.

“An awful lot of work has already gone into this premises,” she said. “There’s been some compliance achieved but only for very limited periods. I still feel the premises is not being managed effectively.”

Sub-committee member, councillor David Kelsey, said he was “very concerned” the current owners would continue to be involved in the day-to-day running of the business.

Despite this, it was agreed not to revoke or suspend the licence.

Chairman, councillor David Flagg said: “We have concerns with the responsibility that comes with being a designated premises supervisor and the way the premises is being run.

“However, we have taken into account the mediation that has taken place with Dorset Police and the sale of the business.”